Mondaini returns to help Chivas edge PortlandJun 5, 2011 - 4:47 AM Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Chivas USA forward Marcos Mondaini returned from a four-game suspension Saturday night to hurt the Portland Timbers.
Mondaini received the suspension following a tackle that left Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales with a broken ankle injury May 7, but scored in his first match since to help Chivas USA edge Portland, 1-0, at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas (4-4-5) snapped a three-game winless streak, and escaped a week when it faced both expansion clubs with four points. Portland (5-5-2) remained winless on the road, as it lost for the fourth time in six away matches.
First-year coach Robin Fraser has struggled at home with Chivas, which has two wins and three draws in six road games, but just one win in five home games in the club's first 12 matches.
After a 1-1 draw Wednesday against expansion Vancouver Whitecaps FC, another club that is winless on the road, Chivas responded with its second win of the season at home.
Mondaini notched the lone goal, his second of the season, with 20 minutes left in the match. Paulo Nagamura sent a cross from the right wing through the area to Mondaini, who finished from inside the six-yard box to the left post.
Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy helped preserve the win, making his best save just a couple minutes after Mondaini's goal, when he dove to his right to stop a shot from Jack Jewsbury.
Kennedy finished with four saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
Chivas will try to build on the win June 11 when it visits the Houston Dynamo. The Timbers host the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on June 11 at Jeld-Wen Field, where they have all five of their wins this season.
- PORTLAND: 0
CHIVAS USA: 1
Jun 5 12:31 AM
- Chivas USA Goal - Mondaini (2) 70th minute.
Timbers 0, Chivas USA 1 2nd - 73'Jun 5 12:07 AM
- PORTLAND: 0
CHIVAS USA: 0
1st Half - 1'
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