AIK defeats Chivas USA 2-0 in tournament opener

In the opening match of the preseason tournament hosted by the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field, it was Sweden’s AIK taking the victory by a 2-0 score over Chivas USA.

After AIK seemed to be a bit surprised by the physical early play by Chivas USA, they would take the lead late in the first half when Viktor Lundberg blasted a shot into the upper left corner, possibly kissing the inside of the left post as it slipped in past (former Timbers draft pick) Dan Kennedy to give the Swedish side a 1-0 lead at the half.

Early in the second half it was Lalawele Atakora, who had assisted on Lundberg’s goal in the first half, who would give AIK a two-goal lead when he slipped the ball past a charging Kennedy for the final goal of the match.

AIK will face San Jose in the early match on Thursday, while Chivas USA will face the Timbers later that evening.

Match reports:

Chivas USA:
http://www.cdchivasusa.com/news/2012/02/chivas-usa-fall-aik

Chivas USA Photo gallery:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150818326725278.506325.115634945277&type=1

ESPN:
http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/soccer/post/_/id/14861/chivas-usa-swedes-win-portland-opener

Fox Sports West:
http://www.foxsportswest.com/02/28/12/Chivas-USA-falls-2-0-to-AIK/landing_chivas.html?blockID=676092&feedID=3707

MLSSoccer.com:
http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/02/27/chivas-struggle-find-rhythm-shutout-loss-aik

The Goat Parade:
http://www.thegoatparade.com/2012/2/27/2829738/portland-timbers-tournament-aik-2-chivas-usa-0

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