Tim­bers oust Sounders 4-2 on PKs in West semis

Tri-City Herald - - Scoreboard -

Da­iron Asprilla scored the de­cid­ing penalty as the Port­land Tim­bers sur­vived a wild sec­ond half and ex­tra time to de­feat the Seat­tle Sounders 4-2 in a shootout Thurs­day night and ad­vance to the MLS Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals.

Seat­tle won the wild sec­ond leg of the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal matchup be­tween the Cas­ca­dia ri­vals 3-2, scor­ing late in reg­u­la­tion to force ex­tra time be­fore both teams scored early in the ex­tra ses­sion. Even­tu­ally, the sides de­cided the win­ner via penal­ties, although Port­land ini­tially be­lieved it had won at the end of ex­tra time be­cause of scor­ing a sec­ond road goal in the match.

The cel­e­bra­tion was pre­ma­ture as road goals are not a tiebreaker in ex­tra time. But it be­came real min­utes later when Asprilla beat Seat­tle goal­keeper Ste­fan Frei and sent Port­land to the West fi­nals for the first time since win­ning the MLS Cup in 2015.

Port­land will face Sport­ing Kansas City or Real Salt Lake in the West fi­nals.

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