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Sport Portland Timbers to host MLS Cup final for first time in club history thanks to Santiago Moreno's golazo

08:04  05 december  2021
08:04  05 december  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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Felipe Mora and Santiago Moreno scored and the Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday. Fourth-seeded Portland will host the winner of Sunday’ s Eastern Conference final between the Philadelphia Union and NYCFC The Timbers , who won the MLS Cup in 2015, also went to the final in 2018 but fell to Atlanta United. “It was a very strong performance. The guys were motivated,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said. “They understood the moment that was at stake and they performed very well today.”

Soccer on TV: Portland hosts Real Salt Lake in MLS ’ Western Conference final . Plus big games in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Mexico — and the UEFA men’ s Champions League trophy is coming to Philly on Saturday. Christian Pulisic made his first start for first -place Chelsea since August in Wednesday’ s 2- 1 win at Watford. Next up for the Blues is the rekindling of a famous old English rivalry. West Ham, featuring Jamaican forward Michail Antonio , enters the weekend in fourth place.

The Portland Timbers will be hosting MLS Cup after a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday. While the Timbers have appeared in MLS Cup twice, winning in 2015 and losing to Atlanta United in 2018, this will be their first time with home-field advantage. They'll face the winner of the Philadelphia Union vs. New York City on Sunday.

  Portland Timbers to host MLS Cup final for first time in club history thanks to Santiago Moreno's golazo © Provided by CBS Sports

The Timbers took the lead five minutes in as the ball played ping pong around the defense before being kicked to Felipe Mora who put his finish past David Ochoa. For a Salt Lake side that has prided themselves on being a defensively stout side, that was a soft goal to concede which would impact the rest of the match.

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52' Substitution, Portland Timbers . Santiago Moreno replaces Sebastián Blanco because of an injury. Thanks for hosting us and cheers to an insane match. Good luck in the conference Finals Portland . Portland Timbers FC. First time in soccer I have ever seen that happen…

After opening the scoring, Portland would turn up the pressure registering three chances before Real Salt Lake even took their first shot in the 28th minute. And even that was a tame shot from Anderson Julio that didn't trouble Steve Clark. Damir Kreilach did force a save before the half from a header but that was the only chance of note for Salt Lake.

It took until the 49th minute for Real Salt Lake to get their first corner of the game but even the header from that didn't trouble a Portland side that has been much improved after being one of the worst defensive sides in the league during the regular season. Santiago Moreno found himself in space and got the insurance goal in the 61st minute with help from the post and Ochoa's back to find its way in.

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The Portland Timbers hosted Minnesota United FC in a MLS Cup playoffs matchup at Providence park in Portland , Oregon on Sunday, November 21, 2021. But as the Timbers prepare to face Real Salt Lake Saturday at Providence Park with a berth in the MLS Cup at stake, there is another reality buried in all the adversity: The Timbers persevered through all their misfortune to win a club -record 19 matches this season and reach the conference final for the second time in four seasons under Savarese.

PORTLAND – The day after the Portland Thorns won the NWSL Championship, the Portland Timbers punched their ticket to the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 4-0 win over D.C. United. Now, with a home victory over rival Vancouver on Sunday (4 pm ET; MLS LIVE in the US, TSN 1 in Canada) It’ s a refreshing opportunity for a team that followed up their 2015 MLS Cup title by missing the playoffs last year. “It’ s obviously been a long couple of years since we won the championship,” said Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. “I’m really pleased that the guys this year dug deep through a lot and are now

Salt Lake tried to salvage things by subbing on Justin Meram and Bobby Wood who combined for the winner against Sporting Kansas City but this is where having Diego Chara is a massive advantage for the Timbers. Aaron Herrera would be sent off for Salt Lake late in the second half for picking up his second yellow card for an unnecessary challenge on Marvin Loría but even without that, they didn't have enough to get back into this one.

Credit has to be given to Gio Savarese both for cleaning up the team's defense but also for being able to rest Sebastian Blanco in such an important match so that he'll be closer to 100 percent for MLS Cup.

MLS Cup: 2 Timbers fans arrested, banned for allegedly hitting NYCFC's Jesús Medina with beer can .
Two Portland Timbers fans have been arrested and banned from Providence Park after allegedly hitting New York City FC winger Jesús Medina in the head with a can during Saturday's MLS Cup final. The can toss occurred late in the first half of the match after NYCFC took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Taty Castellanos. First, the Timbers announced that the fan who threw the can had been ejected from the match and banned from the stadium. The fan who threw the object was ejected from the game, and has been banned from Providence Park. There is zero tolerance for behavior of that kind.

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