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Nov 29, 2015 at 10pm UK at Pizza Hut Park
Dallas
2-2
PortlandPortland Timbers
Hollingshead (68'), Perez (73')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Adi (54'), Melano (95')

Result: Portland Timbers book MLS Cup spot

Portland Timbers reach the MLS Cup with a 5-3 aggregate win in the Western Conference final after sharing a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their tie with FC Dallas.

Portland Timbers have secured their place in the MLS Cup, beating FC Dallas 5-3 on aggregate, despite being held to a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the Western Conference final.

The visitors, who secured a 3-1 win at home in the first leg of the tie, almost opened the scoring inside the first five minutes when Fanendo Adi unleashed a long-range shot, but it was blocked in the penalty box.

Portland continued to look the more likely though, with Dairon Asprilla forcing a save when he tried to slot a Norberto Paparatto cross into the roof of the net.

The hosts started to see more of the ball midway through the first half, but Fabian Castillo put his finish wide, before Ryan Hollingshead had a header blocked on the line.

The Timbers had the majority of the possession at the start of the second half, and broke the deadlock within 10 minutes of the restart when Diego Valeri played the ball in for Adi, leaving the striker to slice the ball into the top left corner.

Valeri made another run forward for Portland a couple of minutes later, picking out Asprilla with a cross, but his 20-yard drive did not trouble Jesse Gonzalez in the Dallas goal.

Despite Portland's dominance, Dallas were back on level terms with just over 20 minutes remaining as Mauro Diaz squared the ball to Hollingshead, who smashed it home from the centre of the box.

Diaz was involved again five minutes later, whipping a free kick into the box to set up Blas Perez for a header at the near post, which he nodded down into the bottom corner to put Dallas ahead for the first time, although Portland still led on aggregate.

The home side pressed hard for a third in the final 10 minutes, but Portland managed to clear a corner, before Jack Jewsbury blocked the ball back in.

However, Portland ended Dallas's hopes of a late equaliser as Valeri provided the through-ball for Lucas Melano to guide in from close range just moments after coming off the bench.

Portland will face the winner of the Eastern Conference final between Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls for the MLS Cup next month.

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Great BritainGreat Britain59822
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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
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FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England16103330191133
2Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
3Orlando City157442319425
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
5Columbus Crew156631612424
6New York City FCNY City1472526151123
7CF MontrealMontreal156452018222
8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta152851418-414
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England16103330191133
2Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
3Orlando City157442319425
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
5Columbus Crew156631612424
6New York City FCNY City1472526151123
7CF MontrealMontreal156452018222
8DC United156272118320
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls145361817118
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta152851418-414
11Toronto153482032-1213
12FC CincinnatiCincinnati143471729-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami132381023-139

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