Less than twenty-four hours after beating FC Dallas in the Western Conference Championship, the Portland Timbers are back in town. Arriving via charter plane at Portland International Airport, the Timbers were greeted home by a gaggle of fans and media, all buzzing at the possibility of the team winning the MLS Cup.
Well, fans of the Portland Timbers have always traveled well and the Columbus Crew SC fanbase are no slouches either, so it should not come as any surprise that tickets for the 2015 MLS Cup Final sold out in a matter of minutes.
The Crew's MAPFRE Stadium normally seats 19,968, but it sounds like additional seats are bring added for the Final.
The Portland Timbers are through to the final and now so are Columbus Crew SC. With teams from the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference now selected, the MLS Cup Final is set.
Both sides made their way to the Cup Final thanks to narrow victories in their respective conference finals, with the Timbers beating FC Dallas with an aggregate score of 5-3 and sealed by a final minute goal from Lucas Melano just as Dallas were knocking on the door and looking for the gametyizg goals.
The Portland Timbers are headed to the MLS Cup Final.
In an imperfect but impressive performance befitting an imperfect but impressive season, the Timbers came out of Toyota Stadium with a 2-2 draw that propels them to their first cup final since 1975.
For 60 minutes the Timbers did largely what they came to Dallas to do: squeeze the Hoops and look to break.
It was tough, it was tense, and it was closer than we wanted; but the Portland Timbers ground out a 2-2 draw against FC Dallas, giving the team a 5-3 win on aggregate and sending them through to the MLS Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
The first half went without a goal but not without a big save or two at either end.
The Portland Timbers are in Frisco, Texas today and are only ninety minutes of play away from the MLS Cup Final.
However, to get there they will need to get past the first place team in the Western Conference, FC Dallas. The Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals on the strength of two set piece goals and a long-range bomb from Dairon Asprilla, but that two goal lead will be a difficult one to hold onto against the side with the best home record in MLS.
The Portland Timbers have a 3-1 lead over FC Dallas going into the second leg of the two teams' home and away series in the MLS Western Conference Finals.
With two goals on their opponents, the Timbers have a strong head start in this one, but Dallas have been the league's strongest home team over the course of 2015, ending the season with a 13-2-2 record at home and coming back from a one goal deficit to advance past the Seattle Sounders in the Conference Semifinals.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Somewhere along the line, Thanksgiving became my favorite holiday. I love having a day to just sit down with family and friends and appreciate each other's company -- and plenty of food.
Now, not everybody feels the same way about Thanksgiving; maybe fireworks on the 4th of July is more your cup of tea, or Groundhog Day if you just can't stand the winter, or maybe you are Canadian so none of this really applies.
Before you read this, please take a moment to be sure that you have something wooden nearby.
The Portland Timbers are halfway through their Western Conference Finals series against FC Dallas, holding a 3-1 lead going into the second leg in Frisco, Texas next week. The Timbers just have to defeat the team with the best home record of the regular season and they move on to the finals.
Chris and Jamie are back to discuss the Portland Timbers' 3-1 win over FC Dallas in leg one of the Western Conference Final, the magnificence of Dairon Asprilla's wonder strike, and the Timbers' approach to the decisive leg two.
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The Portland Timbers finished Sunday's Western Conference Final first leg against FC Dallas up 3-1 thanks to goals from Liam Ridgewell, Dairon Asprilla, and Nat Borchers. You've probably already watched Asprilla's howitzer a few times (and if not you should probably just go lose yourself in this GIF for a few hours), but let's also take a moment to appreciate the rest of the match as well.
On Sunday night the Portland Timbers put themselves in a strong position from which to advance to the MLS Cup Final with a 3-1 win over FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference Final.
The storyline coming into the game was supposed to be the Timbers trying to manage this first leg in which they were missing Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace on account of yellow-card accumulation.
The Portland Timbers needed to come out of their home leg of the Western Conference Finals with a goal in hand. Instead the Timbers emerged with two of them, beating FC Dallas 3-1 at Providence Park and setting up what could be a wide open away fixture next weekend to close out the series.
The Timbers struck first in the 23rd minute after a quick break down the pitch earned the team a corner kick.
After two long weeks off, it is finally time. The Portland Timbers host FC Dallas today in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals, the last step on the way to the MLS Cup Final.
With an opponent the Timbers have not faced since July in Dallas and some forced personnel changes due to suspensions for Rodney Wallace and Diego Valeri, this game is very much up in the air.