MLS Cup play-offs: Timbers attain Western Convention ultimate as last-gasp Mabiala strike breaks Rapids

Portland Timbers are via to the MLS Western Convention ultimate after a dramatic 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids.

Larrys Mabiala struck within the ultimate seconds of regulation time because the guests broke the hosts’ hearts at Dick’s Sporting Items Park.

The Timbers will play both Sporting Kansas Metropolis or Actual Salt Lake within the Western showpiece after inflicting a primary dwelling defeat in 17 on the Rapids – and eighth defeat in 9 play-off video games.

Though, Giovanni Savarese’s facet ended the competition with 10 males as Dairon Asprilla was dismissed after showing to strike Braian Galvan within the face.

The Rapids have been unbeaten of their final 5 conferences with the Timbers and carried the better first-half menace with 9 makes an attempt, three of which have been heading in the right direction.

Steve Clark twice got here to the guests’ rescue. First, he made a sensible save to maintain out Mark-Anthony Kaye following a advantageous particular person run, earlier than denying the in-form Dominique Badji’s header from point-blank vary.

The Timbers’ struggles continued when a distraught Sebastian Blanco – the scorer of 5 targets in three video games – was pressured off injured inside seven minutes of the restart.

However, they labored their method into the competition and went near breaking the impasse when Jose Van Rankin’s goalbound shot was cleared off the road by Danny Wilson.

And the 2015 MLS Cup winners snatched a dramatic victory with seconds of regulation time remaining, as Mabiala reacted quickest to volley dwelling after a nook ricocheted kindly into his path.

Though, they have been made to see out the dying moments with 10 males, when Asprilla was given his marching orders for violent conduct.

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