BOGOTA – Juan Pablo Angel didn't get much done during his brief stint in Los Angeles, but the Chivas USA forward has already showing off his goal-scoring touch with his new club.
Finding the back of the net in a second straight match could be tough for Angel as he faces Portland for the second time this month.
Leading the expansion Timbers by two points in the wild-card race, Chivas USA completes its five-game road stretch Wednesday night when Portland tries to post back-to-back wins for the first time since early May.
After recording just three goals in 22 matches for the Galaxy this season - his first after netting 61 in four years at New York - Angel scored Saturday in his Chivas debut, a 2-all draw at Colorado.
"When you look at the overall impact on the day, he's already added to our game,'' coach Robin Fraser said.
The club expects even more contributions as the Colombian forward settles in to his new surroundings. Angel had just three training sessions before going 90 minutes against the defending MLS Cup champs.
"(Angel) has something to prove,'' Rapids midfielder Sanna Nyassi said. "Things didn't work out for him in L.A. and he showed tonight he can still play and is a good player.''
Despite Angel's strong debut with Chivas, the expansion Timbers are unlikely impressed.
In its last two home games - a 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Aug. 3 that was Angel's final start with the Galaxy and Saturday's 2-1 victory over Vancouver - Portland (8-12-5) held Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (11 goals) and Whitecaps forward Eric Hassli (10) - two of the top four MLS scorers - off the scoresheet.
Saturday's performance came largely without standout defender Eric Brunner, who entered as a 76th-minute substitute. Coach John Spencer opted to rest him with the club playing its third match in eight days.
"I thought (Futty Danso) did well until he got his (right hamstring) injury and then Eric Brunner comes in and performs well," Spencer told the Timbers' official website. "... It was a great team effort."
Portland, which is three points out of the final playoff spot, will try to win consecutive games for the first time since April 30 and May 6.
Continued goal scoring from Jorge Perlaze and midfielder Diego Chara could help the Timbers accomplish that as they also try to match a season high by earning points in four straight at home.
Perlaze scored his sixth goal Saturday - one behind team leader Jack Jewsbury - and assisted on Chara's first MLS goal, which came in the second minute for the fastest in team history.
"I'm very happy and hopefully I'll get a lot more," Chara, the team's first designated player, said through a translator.
Chivas newcomer Laurent Courtois also scored his first MLS goal Saturday. The midfielder was acquired earlier this month after playing for the French club Grenoble from 2008-11.
Marcos Mondaini gave Chivas a 1-0 home win June 4 with a 70th-minute goal in the only previous meeting between the teams.