MLS Playoffs

Heading into MLS Cup, Sporting Kansas City still unbeaten when CJ Sapong scores

Lucky Charm: Sapong scores again to extend rare unbeaten streak

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City don't lose when C.J. Sapong scores. Ever. And in a game they couldn't afford to lose, the young forward kept that streak of success – and Sporting's season – rolling.

MLS Playoffs | Jason Kreis, DT de Real Salt Lake: "Este grupo de jugadores tiene una identidad propia, que siempre me sorprende"

Jason Kreis, DT de RSL, asegura que su equipo lo ha sorprendido en esta temporada

PORTLAND, Ore. - Real Salt Lake se coronó campeón de la Conferencia del Oeste y obtuvo su tiquete a la final de la Copa MLS al derrotar por la mínima diferencia a los Portland Timbers con gol de Robbie Findley.

MLS Playoffs | Diego Valeri, tras eliminación de Portland Timbers: "Estamos golpeados. Pero este año fue bueno y el próximo será mejor"

Diego Valeri reconoce superioridad de Real Salt Lake, pero valora lo hecho esta temporada

PORTLAND, Ore. - Los Portland Timbers cayeron 1-0 como locales en la final de la Conferencia del Oeste frente a excelente un Real Salt Lake que vino al Jeld-Weld Field a hacer una tarea impecable y cerró la serie 5-2 en el marcador global. El único gol del partido fue obra de Robbie Findley para los monarcas.

Portland Timbers disappointed to exit MLS Cup playoffs, but pleased to install winning culture

Chin up: Timbers may be out of playoffs, but pleased to have winning culture

PORTLAND, Ore. – There was no doubt that it hurt.

Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter perplexed by "phantom call" that disallowed goal vs. Real Salt Lake

Porter perplexed by "phantom call" to disallow goal vs. RSL

PORTLAND, Ore. – They knew it was going to be a tall task.

And if the Portland Timbers were to overcome the two-goal deficit they faced in the Western Conference Championship against Real Salt Lake in the second leg Sunday at JELD-WEN Field, they also knew a lot had to go their way.

That’s exactly what didn’t happen.

Despite dominating Portland throughout 2013, Real Salt Lake can't explain the secret to their success

What's the secret for RSL's dominance of Timbers? Even they can't explain

PORTLAND, Ore. – Something had to give at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday night. And, it turned out, it was Portland's 18-game competitive home unbeaten streak.

Real Salt Lake relieved to score goal against Portland Timbers, taking the "wind out of their sails"

RSL relieved to get goal vs. Timbers that took "wind out of their sails"

PORTLAND, Ore. – It may have only been one goal, but when Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley put the ball into the net in the 29th minute during RSL's 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night, his team had Portland beat.

Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned about RSL making advancement academic

Analyst: Three things we learned about no pity in Claret-and-Cobalt City

Chara and Morales - Analyst

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This was a pretty comprehensive two-leg dismantling by Real Salt Lake, who deservedly march into their second MLS Cup two weeks from now. They did it because they had the best player in the series (Javier Morales) and a superior central defense.

They also had a fair portion of good luck, and far more flexibility. And you need all of that to get to the final game of the season.

Portland Timbers 0, Real Salt Lake 1 | MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship Match Recap

POR 0, RSL 1: Findley scores as RSL book MLS Cup date with Sporting

PORTLAND, Ore. – Real Salt Lake still have the Portland Timbers' number, and they’re going to the MLS Cup because of it.

Crónica MLS Playoffs | Portland Timbers 0-1 Real Salt Lake (Global: 2-5); RSL disputará el título ante Sporting KC

Real Salt Lake gana la Conferencia del Oeste y enfrentará a Sporting Kansas City en la final

Se podría escribir un texto universitario sobre la forma en que Real Salt Lake logró el título de la Conferencia del Oeste.

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