WATCH: Italian icon Giorgio Chiellini scores first MLS goal in LAFC's season opener against Portland Timbers

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Giorgio Chiellini scored his first MLS goal in Saturday's season opener to give LAFC an early lead against the Portland Timbers.
  • Chiellini opens MLS account
  • Finishes off set piece to give LAFC lead
  • Joined LAFC last summer ahead of MLS Cup triumph

WHAT HAPPENED? The Italy and Juventus legend was able to fire home from a set piece as the Timbers failed to clear. Kellyn Acosta's initial cross was pushed away, but the Timbers couldn't deal with the second, which fell to Chiellini for a finish from close range.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The goal is the 52nd of Chiellini's career, with eight of those goals coming at international level. The most goals he ever scored in a season is five, which he did twice for Juve in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Prior to Saturday, Chiellini hadn't scored since August 2019.

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WHAT NEXT FOR LAFC? Chiellini and LAFC, who received their MLS Cup championship rings pregame, will open their CONCACAF Champions League run next week against Alajuelense.