Diego Valeri scored twice, the second in second-half stoppage time, as the Portland Timbers crushed host Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Thursday night to guarantee the MLS Western Conference title.
Sebastian Blanco likewise scored for the fifth-seeded Timbers, who will play at Atlanta United FC for the MLS Cup on Dec. 8.
Portland won a knockout-street amusement at FC Dallas before irritating the West’s best two seeds, the No. 2 Seattle Sounders and No. 1 Sporting KC, with the choosing diversions out and about.
After a scoreless first leg in Portland, Sporting Kansas City led the pack Thursday on Daniel Salloi’s objective in the twentieth moment, helped by Diego Rubio.
Rubio, who missed the arrangement opener in the wake of being suspended for yellow-card gathering, took a go from the conservative and drove along the touchline before sending a cross to the far post, where Salloi was plain.
Brandishing KC had two other first-half objectives waved off, one for offside and the other when Ike Opara meddled with Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
After not scoring an objective against SKC in the initial 3 1/2 amusements between the groups this season, the Timbers struck in the 52nd moment.
Blanco took a go from Jorge Villafana at the sideline and worked his way toward the upper left edge of the 18-yard box. He at that point released a 30-yard shot that found the upper right corner of the net, leaving SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia no possibility.
The Timbers led the pack nine minutes after the fact as Jeremy Ebobisse got behind the barrier. Melia could get a hand on Ebobisse’s chipped shot, yet Valeri was there to head the bounce back into the net.
That set Sporting KC in place of requiring two objectives to progress, as a tie would send Portland through on the away-objectives sudden death round.
SKC substitute Gerso Fernandes scored unassisted after a scramble before the net in the 81st moment to give the home fans some expectation, however the Timbers could hang on.
Valeri, the 2017 class MVP, scored the clincher on a breakaway in the ninth moment of second-half stoppage time.
Attinella, who was compelled to make only one spare in the opener, had six in the second leg. Melia wasn’t credited with a spare.