Portland Timbers-Sporting Kansas City in MLS Cup Playoffs: Live updates, game chat – OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers defeated Sporting Kansas City in a wild penalty kick shootout that all the way to the 11th man, or last player for each team on the pitch. The final kicks were taken by the goal keepers. Adam Kwarasey converted his try and then turned around and saved the final shot taken by SKC keeper Jon Kempin to secure the win as cheers erupted at Providence Park. The Portland Timbers will advance in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Max Urruti has tied it up for Portland just two minutes from the end of extra time. The teams were tied 2-2 going to a penalty kick shootout. Important to note that Sporting KC had their backup keeper in goal for this shootout after Tim Melia came off due to injury in regulation.
Max Urruti scored in the 118th minute, shortly after coming into the game after fellow substitution Dairon Asprilla turned and crossed a ball in front of goal for an easy finish. Krisztian Nemeth was nearly the hero for SKC after scoring in the first period of overtime.
In regulation, Rodney Wallace scored in the 57th minute and Kevin Ellis converted the equalizer in in regulation before we went into extra time in Thursday’s one-game knockout playoff match.
The game was intense, and at times, violent.
SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia was forced to leave the game minutes after colliding with Wallace in the second half. He appeared to have a cut on his cheek and refused to leave the game after the contact and what looked like concussion symptoms. But he came out in the 87th minute, replaced by Jon Kempin.
Here’s a look at Urruti’s goal in extra time:
Here’s a look at Wallace’s early goal:
Minutes after Wallace’s goal SKC’s Krisztian Nemeth got locked up with Lucas Melano and as Nemeth stood, he fired the ball at a prone Melano.
Here’s a look:
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