The Portland Timbers looked well on their way to another victory at Jeld-Wen Field when they pounced on a defensive blunder by Chivas USA and took a 16th minute lead at home on Saturday night.
Chivas USA had other ideas, and a second-half rally not only gave the Goats another road victory. It also made them the second visiting team in as many games at Jeld-Wen to pull off a late victory in Portland.
Second-half substitute Ryan Smith delivered a pair of beautiful crosses that Alejandro Moreno and Nick LaBrocca headed him in the 48th and 82nd minute to give Chivas USA the 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
Just three minutes after coming into the match, Smith sent a cross into the penalty area, where Moreno beat Eric Brunner to tie the score and negate an early Kris Boyd goal that came after a collision between teammates Dan Kennedy and James Riley led to a gift of a chance for the Scottish striker.
Portland controlled possession for long stretches, but never could mount the kind of attacking pressure that would yield a go-ahead coach, which left the door open for LaBrocca's late header.
Here are the match highlights:
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