Sporting Kansas City and the host Portland Timbers performed to a zero-zero draw within the first leg of their Western Convention closing Sunday.
The second leg of the house-and-dwelling, complete-objectives collection is scheduled for Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. The winner will advance to MLS Cup, which can be hosted Dec. eight by the Japanese Convention champion, both Atlanta United or the New York Purple Bulls.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia, who was second within the league within the common season with 13 shutouts, made six saves. Timbers goalie Jeff Attinella was pressured to make only one cease.
SKC, the convention’s high seed, was unable to get an away objective, which is the primary tiebreaker in case the collection finally ends up even, however can take the collection with a victory within the second leg.
Melia’s greatest save got here within the 82nd minute off a Diego Valeri nook kick. Timbers defender Invoice Poni Tuiloma struck a pointy header that appeared headed towards the higher proper nook of the online, however Melia made a leaping cease.
Portland’s David Guzman appeared to rating off a free kick within the 66th minute, however he was dominated offside.
The Timbers had some good probabilities within the closing minutes of the primary half on set items.
Neither crew had a shot on objective till the 40th minute, when Portland’s Jeremy Ebobisse put a header on web off a nook kick from Valeri.
Twice in first-half stoppage time, the Timbers threatened off free kicks by Valeri, final season’s league MVP.
On the primary, Dairon Asprilla rose over a defender for a header that Melia grabbed on the left submit. On the opposite, Melia punched away a Liam Ridgewell header with two Portland attackers ready on the far submit.
The Timbers’ Jorge Villafana hit the appropriate submit within the sixth minute on 20-yard shot by a maze of defenders. The ball caromed off the submit and throughout the goalmouth earlier than Sporting Kansas City might monitor it down within the far nook.
Portland defender Larrys Mabiala sustained an obvious leg damage away from the ball early within the recreation was taken off on a stretcher. He was changed by Tuiloma within the 19th minute.