Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: Score and Recap from 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs

After dominating the first leg, Real Salt Lake clinched the Western Conference championship and a ticket to the MLS Cup with a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday. They won the playoff 5-2 on aggregate.

ESPN FC summed up the victory for Salt Lake:

Motivated by a raucous crowd as usual, you could tell that the Timbers came into the match needing to make up two goals in the 90-minute span, as they pushed the envelope early and often.

Although they controlled the tempo early on, as well as possession, it wasn't Portland who struck first, despite the desperate attempts.

In the 29th minute of the match, Robbie Findley of Salt Lake slipped free inside the box right in front of Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, and the left-footed strike was the match's only goal.

Portland came awfully close to equalizing just three minutes later, but the would-be goal was nullified on an offside call. MLS provided a lin...

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