But Portland won't be playing it safe in the second leg of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship at Children's Mercy Park (9:30 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN2, TVAS2). They're going for an outright win.
"We know that Kansas City is a difficult team, especially at home," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said, in a story reported by The Oregonian's Jamie Goldberg. "We expect them to bring the intensity even higher. We just have to go there and try to get a good result, try to get a win. In our minds, we're going to try to get a win. That's the most important part. That's how we're going to play in Kansas City."
Although the teams are deadlocked following a 0-0 draw at Providence Park on Sunday, Portland midfielder Diego Valeri believed the attacking intent showed by the Timbers, which included a shot off the post and six saves made by Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia, shows they can continue to push for goals on the road in the second leg.
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"[In the first leg of the series], we probably dominated most of the time in the game, which is a good thing. We can do it on the road too. It will be like a final," Valeri said.
You can read more on Portland's mindset and preparations for Thursday's showdown at The Oregonian.