Valeri scores 2 first-half goals, Timbers top Chivas 5-0

Valeri scores 2 first-half goals, Timbers top Chivas 5-0
Portland Timbers defender Mamadou Danso, left, battles Chivas USA forward Erick Torres, right, for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.

The win gives Portland the regular-season Western Conference title and with it home-field advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. Portland (14-5-15) will open the playoffs with an away match on Nov. 2 or 3 against either Seattle, Colorado or the LA Galaxy.

With the result, Chivas (6-20-4) became the 15th team in league history to finish a season with at least 20 losses.

Valeri scored in 16th and 29th minutes and assisted on Rodney Wallace's 34th-minute goal. Ryan Johnson and Will Johnson scored second-half goals to provide the final margin.

Chivas played without starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy due to an abdominal strain.