Dairon Asprilla had a goal and a helping hand and scored on the decision-making shot of the penalty shootout as…
Dairon Asprilla had a goal and a helping hand and scored on the decision-making shot of the penalty shootout as Portland Timbers defeated Seattle Sounders on Thursday night to advance to the Major League Soccer’s Western Conference final.
The Timbers won 4-2 in five runs after the home-and-home goal series ended 4-4.
Port of Spain Lucas Melano, Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco also shot in the shot while Liam Ridgewell’s attempt was saved by Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Sounders Raul Ruidiaz and Handwalla Bwana were aiming in the shot but Will Bruin’s attempt hit the left post and Osvaldo Alonso’s attempt was stopped by Timber’s goalkeeper Jeff Attinella.
Both teams did extra hours for the first seven minutes.
Asprilla scored in a box from the top of the 6-yard box by a perfect cross from Valeri on the right-hand side to the remote control.
Sounders also got on Nicolas Lodeiro’s penalty kick 97 minutes after Blanco was called for a handball in the 1
8 yard box.
The Sounders forced the extra session on Ruidiaz’s 15-yard volley in the third of six-minute second half-termination. It was Ruidiaz’s second goal for the night and third in the series, which beat the overall score of 3-3.
The match was scoreless in the 68th minute when Attinella bounced a Seattle cross and the ball fell to Ruidiaz, knocking an 8-yard shot inside the correct post.
Blanco bound the score in 78 minutes. Asprilla controlled a failed approval of a cross of the Seattle defense at the top of the 18 yard box and sent the ball back to Blanco, whose 20-yard shot found the lower left corner of the net.
While Portland became defender Larry’s Mabiala back after losing his first leg due to a red card he received in the elimination round against FC Dallas, Sounders played short-term.
They were without Chad Marshall, a three-year MLS defender of the year who finished second in the match this season and midfielder Cristian Roldan, who became the first player in the 10-year franchise story to start all 34 regular matches and as had missed just seven minutes throughout the campaign.  Both players were injured in the opening in 30 minutes, a 2-1 Portland victory on Sunday. Marshall tore the meniscus in his right knee, as he had surgery on Tuesday, and Roldan maintained a hip flexor injury.