Diego Valeri scored twice – including a second-half goal while the Timbers played down a man – and the road side came away with a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Timbers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals where they will meet either the 1-seed Sporting Kansas City or 2-seed Seattle Sounders on Sunday, Nov. 4th, at Providence Park (Ticket info here). That match up will be determined by Thursday’s knockout round match between 3-seed LAFC and 6-seed Real Salt Lake.
Valeri’s goals came in the 23rd and 71st minutes, respectively. Larrys Mabiala was sent off with a straight red card in the 57th minute, but the Timbers defense held, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made five big saves, and Valeri’s last score sealed the road victory. FC Dallas pulled a goal back in the 4th minute of a 7-minute stoppage time, but Portland held for the win.
“We came here in a very difficult place against a very difficult team,” Valeri told ROOT Sports after the win. “We showed character today.”
Keith Bleyer and Jose Sleven called the action on 1029FM/750AM and delivered the following highlights. Keep tuned to The GAME and 1029TheGame.com for the latest playoff information for the Portland Timbers as they prepare for Sunday’s first of two legs of the Western Conference Semifinals.
12′ – Things seemed to start ominously for Portland, but VAR established justice for an apparent early FC Dallas goal
23′ – El Maestro strikes from outside the box for a 1-0 lead!
26′ – Jeff Attinella gets a quick hand to the ball, sending it off the bar to keep Timbers in front
45’+2 Things got pretty testy and heated between the two sides going into halftime…Timbers up 1-0
57′ – Larrys Mabiala given a straight red card means Timbers must play down a man…
71′ – 2nd Goal for Diego Valeri provided from Jeremy Ebobisse sends the short-handed Timbers to a 2-0 lead!
88′ – Jeff Attinella keeps up his brilliant play in net to keep the 2-0 advantage late in the match
90’+4 – FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges pulls one back for the home side to make it 2-1
90’+7 – a Final chance from FC Dallas goes just wide and out for a goal kick
FINAL CALL – Timbers are moving on in the MLS Cup Playoffs!