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Oct 30, 2015 at 2am UK at ​Jeld-Wen Field
PortlandPortland Timbers
2-2
KansasSporting Kansas City
Wallace (57'), Urruti (118')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ellis (87'), Nemeth (96')
Portland win 7-6 on penalties

Result: Portland Timbers edge out Sporting Kansas City in dramatic shootout

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey scores from the spot before denying Jon Kempin to clinch a dramatic penalty shootout win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Portland Timbers have clinched a spot in the Western Conference semi-finals with a dramatic shootout victory over Sporting Kansas City after the game finished 2-2.

An enthralling night ended with Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey denying Kansas shot-stopper Jon Kempin from the spot following his own successful penalty as the hosts recorded a 7-6 shootout win.

Tim Melia, who would be replaced by Kempin in the second half after suffering a head injury, prevented Kansas from falling just behind in the fifth minute when he kept out Liam Ridgewell's header, but the early pressure was a sign of how the first half would play out.

It was the Portland defenders who continued to look dangerous at set pieces as Nat Borchers lost his marker at a corner to head just wide of the post.

Kansas responded well to the Portland pressure before the break, and they started to cause more problems for the home defence as Dom Dwyer fired into the side-netting after linking up with Krisztian Nemeth early in the second half.

Darlington Nagbe came close to breaking the deadlock at the other end when his shot drifted just a few inches past the post, but the Timbers were celebrating the opening goal just moments later.

Diego Valeri fought his way into the box after Kansas had failed to fully clear the danger from a corner, and Wallace capitalised when the ball broke to him by picking out the bottom corner with a fine finish.

Portland appeared to be easing to the win as they held off the Kansas attack for long spells, but a twist arrived with just three minutes of normal time remaining.

Graham Zusi provided the perfect cross as Ellis pulled into space to head home the equaliser and send the game into extra time.

The winner appeared to arrive in the sixth minute of extra time as Nemeth received the ball close to the byline, before creating a yard of space and leaving Kwarasey helpless by somehow finding the top corner from a tight angle.

However, there was still time for more drama with just two minutes remaining when Manuel Asprilla found the space to deliver a cross which was impressively converted by Urruti.

Diego Valeri's opening penalty was kept out by Kempin, but Dwyer then saw Kwarasey stop his effort as Portland drew level after four spot kicks.

The drama continued as Jewsbury and Matt Besler lifted their penalties over the crossbar, before Urruti piled the pressure on Paulo Nagamura, who sent the game to sudden death by finding the bottom corner.

Ellis had the chance to secure the win after Kempin had denied Jorge Villafana, but the defender could only strike the outside of the post.

An incredible night showed no signs of coming to an end as Alvas Powell's penalty was saved by Kempin, before Saad Abdul-Salaam struck both posts to see another chance slip away from Kansas.

With the shootout coming down to the goalkeepers, Kwarasey held his nerve from the spot before getting two hands to Kempin's penalty to finally secure a memorable triumph.

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta35226772442872
2New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
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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