Jun 28, 2014 at 4am UK at ​Jeld-Wen Field
PortlandPortland Timbers
KansasSporting Kansas City

Johnson (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Olum (24')
Sinovic (36'), Ellis (65'), Nagamura (90')

Result: Lawrence Olum strike earns Sporting Kansas City victory over Portland Timbers

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Lawrence Olum's first-half strike is enough for Sporting Kansas City as they beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park.

Lawrence Olum scored the only goal of the game as Sporting Kansas City battled their way to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Both sides looked to get on the front foot immediately, and it was Portland who created the first chance of the match as Will Johnson tested Eric Kronberg with a powerful early strike.

Olum missed the opening opportunity for the visitors when he headed wide from a tight angle, but his fortunes changed in the 24th minute as Kansas broke the deadlock.

An incisive passing move resulted in Kevin Ellis playing the perfect ball for Olum, who calmly slotted his effort past Donovan Ricketts.

Portland wasted two chances to level the scores either side of the break as both Darlington Nagbe and Fanendo Adi headed over from good positions.

Soony Saad should have doubled his side's lead just after the hour mark, but the Kansas forward drilled his shot straight at Ricketts inside a crowded penalty area.

Kronberg came to the rescue for Kansas late on by tipping Diego Valeri's curled effort wide to make sure they retained their advantage.

It proved to be a nervy finish to the match for Kansas as Adi once again headed a great chance over the crossbar, and the Timbers were ultimately unable to deny the visitors victory.

Fanendo Adi #9 of the Portland Timbers celebrates his second half goal, as Eric Avila #15 of Chivas USA looks on at StubHub Center on May 28, 2014
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