MX23RW : Saturday, January 19 04:55:42
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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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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