MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: Timbers vs. Crew Schedule After Conference Finals

And then there were two. The MLS Cup Final is set, and it'll be the Columbus Crew taking on the Portland Timbers on Dec. 6 in Mapfre Stadium. The site of the game was supposed to be whichever team had the best regular-season record, but the Crew and Timbers finished the regular season with the same record of 15-11-8. However, because of a better goal differential, Columbus will host Portland in Ohio for the top prize in MLS. Here's a complete rundown of the schedule:       2015 MLS Cup Final Schedule Who: Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew Where: Mapre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio When: Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. ET TV: ESPN   How did we get here? The Timbers' road to get to the final game did not come easy. They advanced to the final after beating FC Dallas 5-3 on aggregate, but it almost wasn't this way. Fanendo Adi scored the first goal of the second leg in the 54th minute to put Portland up 4-1 on aggregate, but as FC Dallas did in the quarterfinals against the Seattle Sounders, it stormed back to add drama to the match. Two goals within a three-minute span from Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez gave Dallas a 2-1 lead, and it trailed only 4-3 in aggregate. ...
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MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: Conference Finals Scores, Reaction and Updated Schedule

The race for the MLS Cup is underway. The first leg of the MLS Conference Finals began Sunday with the Eastern Conference Finals, as the Columbus Crew hosted the New York Red Bulls followed by the Portland Timbers playing host to top seed FC Dallas in the Western Conference Finals. Columbus is the only team in this field of four that knows what it's like to win a championship. As irony would have it, the Crew beat the Red Bulls back in 2008 to win their first MLS Cup. The Red Bulls haven't made it to the Finals since. On the West side, FC Dallas hasn't been to the MLS Cup since 2010, when it fell to the Colorado Rapids in extra time thanks to an own goal. The four-year-old Timbers franchise is looking for its first-ever trip to the MLS Cup Finals. Here's a rundown of Sunday's first-leg action.   Eastern Conference Finals Columbus 2, New York 0 It didn't take long for the Crew to put their stamp on the Eastern Conference Finals. In fact, it took all but nine seconds. Justin Meram scored the fastest goal in MLS playoffs history, nine seconds in, to put Columbus up 1-0. From there on, the Crew dictated the pace ...
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MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: Conference Finals Schedule After Semifinal Scores

The MLS Playoffs' Final Four is set. The New York Red Bulls are the first team to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals after a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Sunday, winning 2-0 on aggregate. The Red Bulls will take on the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Finals starting on Nov. 22. The Crew, down 2-1 on aggregate heading into the second leg against the Montreal Impact, forced extra time with Ethan Finlay's goal in the 78th minute. Kei Kamara scored his second goal on the night in the 111th minute to give Columbus a 4-3 lead to set up a matchup with the East's top two seeds going at it for a spot in the MLS Cup.   Eastern Conference Finals Teams: New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew When: first leg on Nov. 22; second leg on Nov. 29 Where: first leg at Mapfre Stadium; second leg at Red Bull Arena Time: first leg at 5 p.m. ET; second leg at 5 p.m. ET TV: ESPN, Watch ESPN, ESPN Deportes, MLS Live   Western Conference Finals Teams: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers When: first leg on Nov. 22; second leg on Nov. 29 Where: first leg at Providence Park; second leg at Toyota Stadium Time: first leg at 7:30 p.m. ET; second leg at 7:30 p.m. ET TV: Fox Sports 1, TSN, ...
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