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Portland Timbers cruise past LA Galaxy, Pardo scores for Chicago Fire

Three midweek MLS matches were played on Wednesday, highlighted by Portland Timbers' 3-0 victory over LA Galaxy.

The Timbers produced a big performance to down the Western Conference leaders thanks to goals from Mike Chabala, Jorge Perlaza and Eric Brunner.

New signing Chabala, formerly of Houston Dynamo, opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he received a clever ball from Darlington Nagbe and hammered home from just inside the area, much to the delight of the JELD-WEN Field crowd.

Perlaza added a second just after the half-hour mark when Diego Chara's touch found him at the top of the box and he finished low and hard past Josh Saunders before Brunner wrapped it up in the 68th minute when he powerfully headed home Sal Zizzo's corner.

The win was Portland's seventh of the season and kept them in seventh place in the West whilst inflicting the first defeat on the Galaxy in 14 league matches.

In the other Wednesday night matches, ex-Stuttgart midfielder Pavel Pardo scored on his MLS debut to help Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park.

Veljko Paunovic netted first for the Union with a blistering left-footed shot from 20 yards in the 34th minute before Pardo struck back 20 minutes later with a superb finish from the edge of the area.

And in the other game, Sporting Kansas City scored twice in the first half to defeat Real Salt Lake 2-0 despite losing goalscorer Roger Espinoza to a red card prior to the hour-mark.

Portland Timbers: 3 (Mike Chabala 26', Jorge Perlaza 33', Eric Brunner 68') LA Galaxy: 0 JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR - 18,627

Chicago Fire: 1 (Pavel Pardo 54') Philadelphia Union: 1 (Veljko Paunovic 34') Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL - 10,557

Sporting Kansas City: 2 (Roger Espinoza 30', Teal Bunbury 35', red card: Espinoza 57') Real Salt Lake: 0 LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS - 18,467

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Andrew Slevison
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