The Portland Timbers clinched a berth in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Sunday evening at Providence Park. RSL will be scoreboard watching next week waiting to see if they get in.
The home side went ahead at the quarter hour when Diego Valeri lifted a beautiful free kick from 35 yards over the defense, finding center back Larrys Mabiala who finished on first-time shot at the near post.
RSL, playing their last game of the season and needing a win to secure their lead over the LA Galaxy for the final berth in the West, took a while to get going. And when they made their push, they could not get past Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark.
- 15' – POR – Larrys Mabiala | WATCH
- 68' – POR – Diego Charra | WATCH
- 87' – POR – Sebastian Blanco | WATCH
MOMENT OF THE MATCH:
This second half save by Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark was huge with the Timbers only up 1-0: