The one who played a road game finally found a way.
With the high-seeded Colorado Rapids beating an injured Sebastian Blanco while a scoreless second half came close, a 90th-minute goal from Larrys Mabiala scored for the Timbers to return to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2018.
The Timbers played in the first-ever MLS game on Thanksgiving, which the Timbers played in the second quarter of the first quarter at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce, Colorado.
With a left leg injury, who required the removal of Blanco in the 50th minute, Portland grew into the game and almost earned the win multiple times before Mabiala finally finished off a bouncing ball following a corner kick.
After scoring zero goals in the regular season, the Congolese-born centre back scored twice in two games in the past five days.
The fourth-place Timbers won 3-1 on Sunday in the first round.
The Timbers will now face real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City for the conference final. If favored Kansas City wins, the Timbers will travel to Providence Park for the conference final. If favored Kansas City wins, the Timbers will host the MLS Cup final.
It was a blow to the ground in the first round for the Timbers who struggled in a critical corner in the halftime. Despite being beaten by the first half, Blanco pushed his left leg into a tight corner in the 50th minute, then tried to get a shot and went on to the field in tears as he was replaced by Santiago Moreno.
In second half stoppage time, Red card showed a man-of-one confrontation with a Colorado player. Asprilla scored 10 goals this season, but will have to resign for the conference final now.
As soon as the Timbers opened the scoring, despite losing its best players, the game grew into the game offensively in the second half and nearly took a lead in the 65th minute. Jaroslaw Niezgoda put the left wing forward and carried the ball to the late Martn van Rankin, who then kicked a goal and made sure that he could still save the momentum of the second half. The Timbers were capable of beating Colorado keeper William Yarbrough, but was
Felipe Mora put a pass toward a Yimmi Chara whose streak began immediately, just inches from Chara's hurt leg.
The home side beat the first half with a witty goal for Timbers, as a result that gave David a kick into the shot for a slurt as he could escape.
The Timbers, on the other hand, did little offensively in the first 45 minutes. A shot by Blanco of 25 yards just above the crossbar provided only grave threat.
Scott Sepich, The Oregonian/OregonLive, has been working for The Oregonian/OregonLive.