Portland Advances to West Finals With 2-0 Win Over Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Fanendo Adi scored off a feed from Diego Valeri in the 31st minute and Diego Chara added the capper in second-half stoppage time, sending the Portland Timbers to the MLS Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night.
Portland, the No. 3 seed in the West, played to a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of the two-game series at home against Vancouver and got the critical road goal after withstanding an early rush from the Whitecaps. Valeri got free from his defender on the end line and found Adi open in the middle of the penalty area. Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted had no chance to save the left-footed shot that silenced the 27,837 at BC Place to see the Whitecaps first home playoff match as an MLS club.
Portland will face FC Dallas in the Western Conference finals beginning, with the first leg Nov. 22 in Portland.
Portland was knocked out by Real Salt Lake in the West finals in 2013.