Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco every scored and the Portland Timbers earned a spot within the MLS is Again championship recreation with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night time.
The Timbers will face the winner of Thursday night time’s recreation between Orlando Metropolis and Minnesota United within the title match on Tuesday. The match winner earns a spot within the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.
“It’s an important feeling. We got here right here with one objective, and that was to carry the trophy on the finish of the match,” Ebobisse stated. “And now we’re one recreation away. All of the work that we’ve put in, and the entire sacrifice that we’ve put in, is all beginning to repay. We’ve obtained 90 extra minutes.”
Down two objectives, Philadelphia closed the hole on Andrew Wooten’s objective within the 85th minute. It appeared the Union pulled even on Kacper Przybylko’s objective a minute later, however it was dominated offside.
Portland earned their spot within the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over NYCFC.
“Ultimately, I feel we deserved this win as a result of I feel that we made it very troublesome,” Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese stated. “And we had two good objectives to now transfer on to the ultimate, however it’s credit score to the blokes for the laborious work that they put as we speak.”
Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake dove to push away Blanco’s early try within the 10th minute however some three minutes later Ebobisse’s header off Diego Valeri’s nook kick gave Portland the early lead.
The Union, who had not beforehand trailed within the match, had an opportunity to tug even in first-half stoppage time when Blanco fouled Jamiro Monteiro. Sergio Santos’ penalty kick went over the bar and two the correct.
Santos completed with three objectives within the match, whereas Blake led all goalkeepers with 34 saves.
“We’re not going to take a seat right here and blame one participant for lacking a PK. It occurs in sports activities,” stated Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin.
Blake dove to cease Andy Polo’s shot within the 69th minute. Moments later Blanco was unmarked for a header to the far nook to place the Timbers up 2-0. It was Blanco’s third objective of the match, to go along with 5 assists.
The Timbers, who received the MLS Cup in 2015, had received six of the 10 earlier conferences between the 2 groups. Philadelphia’s solely win within the sequence got here again in 2015.
The Union scored three first-half objectives in fast succession to defeat Sporting Kansas Metropolis 3-1 within the quarterfinals to advance.
“Once you surrender a objective early on a set piece, you’re chasing, immediately,” Curtin stated. “So it was all the time going to be laborious as soon as they obtained to steer. Once more, the primary time within the competitors in all six of our video games that we went down. So we needed to discover methods to attempt to break them down and we simply weren’t sharp sufficient on the night time.”
The monthlong World Cup-style match has been performed with out followers at ESPN’s Huge World Of Sports activities at Walt Disney World. Gamers have been sequestered for the period at Disney resorts.
At half-time, MLS commissioner Don Garber informed Fox Sports activities that the league would quickly be saying a schedule for matches as soon as the groups return to their dwelling markets.