Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake
Sun., Nov. 24, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN; Deportes)
Western Conference Championship – Second Leg
- Real Salt Lake have a nine-game undefeated streak in all competitions alive vs. Portland. Since the Timbers won the first meeting ever between the teams, a 1-0 triumph April 30, 2011, RSL has four of seven league meetings (with three draws), as well as an Open Cup match this year and the first leg of the conference championship.
- The last time a two-goal deficit was overturned in the second leg of a two-game series in MLS came in 2004, when the then-Kansas City Wizards lost the first leg to the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0, but came back to win the series 3-2 on aggregate. It’s happened just twice in MLS history (also, 2003 West semifinals, San Jose vs. Los Angeles, 5-4 on aggregate after a 0-2 first leg).
- The Timbers have allowed three or more goals on just five occasions in 2013 – and three of those have come against RSL. Real have scored 13 goals in the five meetings in all competitions between the teams this season.
- Portland has not lost at Jeld-Wen Field since the second game of the season, a 2-1 loss to the Montréal Impact on March 9. Over all competitions, the Timbers are 14-1-5 on their home ground this year.
- RSL’s Robbie Findley scored a goal and added an assist in the first leg win vs. Portland – his first goal since Aug. 17. Chris Schuler scored a goal for a second consecutive match, one of four players in the MLS Cup Playoffs this year with goals in back-to-back games (also, Aurelien Collin [KC], Omar Cummings [HOU], Will Johnson [POR]).
More to come...
First Leg Highlights
- Sports & Recreation
- Portland Timbers
- Real Salt Lake
- San Jose Earthquakes