Donning Kansas City and the host Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 attract the principal leg of their Western Conference last Sunday.
The second leg of the home-and-home, add up to objectives arrangement is booked for Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. The champ will progress to MLS Cup, which will be facilitated Dec. 8 by the Eastern Conference champion, either Atlanta United or the New York Red Bulls.
Brandishing Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, who was second in the group in the customary season with 13 shutouts, made six recoveries. Timbers goalie Jeff Attinella was compelled to make only one stop.
SKC, the gathering’s best seed, was not able escape objective, which is the main sudden death round on the off chance that the arrangement winds up even, yet can take the arrangement with a triumph in the second leg.
Melia’s greatest spare came in the 82nd moment off a Diego Valeri corner kick. Timbers safeguard Bill Poni Tuiloma struck a sharp header that appeared to be made a beeline for the upper right corner of the net, yet Melia made a jumping stop.
Portland’s David Guzman seemed to score off a free kick in the 66th moment, however he was controlled offside.
The Timbers had some great possibilities in the last minutes of the primary half on set pieces.
Neither one of the teams had a shot on objective until the 40th moment, when Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse put a header on net off a corner kick from Valeri.
Twice in first-half stoppage time, the Timbers undermined off free kicks by Valeri, last season’s class MVP.
On the primary, Dairon Asprilla ascended over a protector for a header that Melia snatched at the left post. On the other, Melia punched away a Liam Ridgewell header with two Portland aggressors holding up at the far post.
The Timbers’ Jorge Villafana hit the correct post in the 6th moment on 20-yard shot through a labyrinth of protectors. The ball caromed off the post and over the goalmouth before Sporting Kansas City could follow it down in the far corner.
Portland protector Larrys Mabiala supported evident leg damage far from the ball right off the bat in the diversion was taken off on a stretcher. He was supplanted by Tuiloma in the nineteenth moment.