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"
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"
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, Ore. – There was no doubt that it hurt.
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
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"
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.
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, 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
Se podría escribir un texto universitario sobre la forma en que Real Salt Lake logró el título de la Conferencia del Oeste.