MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 21:40:52
Nov 9, 2015 at 3am UK at ​Empire Field
VancouverVancouver Whitecaps
0-2
PortlandPortland Timbers
FT(HT: 0-1)
Adi (31'), Chara (94')

Result: Fanendo Adi fires Portland Timbers past Vancouver Whitecaps

Fanendo Adi and Diego Chara score as Portland Timbers beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 to progress to the MLS Western Conference final.

Fanendo Adi's 17th goal of the season and Diego Chara's late second have seen Portland Timbers progress to the MLS Western Conference final with a 2-0 aggregate win over Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps finished in second place in the Western Conference above Timbers on goal difference at the end of the regular season, and after a 0-0 draw in the first leg they went on the front foot from the off in front of their own fans, with Kekuta Manneh threatening early on.

The winger had the first opportunity of the game when he collected a throw-in, swivelled, and fired narrowly wide of the far post, and he came even closer minutes later when he ended a fine run by drilling against the post, with the ball bouncing off Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and bouncing inches wide.

However, the 20-year-old livewire had his evening cut short before the half hour when he had to be replaced after picking up an injury, and that was the catalyst for Timbers wrestling control of the tie.

It was the visitors' top scorer Adi who broke the deadlock with an explosive strike just five minutes after that substitution, when Diego Valeri was played in behind and laid the ball back for the striker to smash home into the roof of the net from 10 yards and leave Whitecaps needing to score twice.

Valeri's swerving effort from distance had to be saved by David Ousted as the away side looked to extend their advantage with a second away goal, biut Whitecaps had a sniff of an equaliser just before the break when their own top scorer Octavio Rivero glanced a header wide.

Ousted again saved another tricky Valeri effort before Rivero's diving header was blocked by Alvas Powell as both sides had chances early in the second half, and the home fans were screaming for a penalty when they thought that Rivero had been brought down inside the box.

In truth, though, Portland had control of the match and only a fine recovery save from Ousted denied Valeri's whipped free kick from creeping in and putting the tie to bed.

Vancouver substitute Robert Earnshaw came close with a late overhead kick attempt, but Adi played in Diego Chara to seal the win on the counter-attack deep into injury time and ensure that Timbers set up a date with Dallas after the Western Conference winners beat Seattle on penalties earlier on Sunday.

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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