Commerce City, Colorado (AFP) – Larez Mabeala scored in the 90th minute and the Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Thursday to advance to the Western Conference Final.
Portland will face the winner of Sunday’s game between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.
Yimmi Chara’s corner kick veered high in the air and Cristhian Paredes headed into the 6-yard box for Mabiala to curl the ball into the net. Mabeala did not score a goal all season before making a successive playoff appearance.
The playmaker left Portland star Sebastian Blanco early in the second half with an apparent leg injury. While trying to run forward, Blanco went to the ground, grabbed the back of his taped left leg and immediately announced to make a substitution.
Portland will be without Daeron Asprilla in the conference final after receiving a consecutive red card for violent behavior in injury time in the second half.
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