Sunday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN, TSN2)
The Portland Timbers are within 90 minutes of their first ever MLS Cup appearance following Sunday’s 3-1 win over FC Dallas. Rallied by a capacity crowd under the floodlights at Providence Park, the Timbers received goals from the unlikeliest of sources – defenders Liam Ridgewell and Nat Borchers. Ridgewell potted his first goal of 2015 in the 23rd minute (watch here), before Borchers snapped a 12-year playoff scoring drought – the longest in MLS history – in the 91st frame to give Portland a critical insurance goal (watch here). Dairon Asprilla stole the show with an unbelievable strike from 30 yards out (watch here) that may top Juan Agudelo’s bicycle kick as the goal of the playoffs. Portland didn’t miss a beat without midfielder Diego Valeri and defender Rodney Wallace, who missed Sunday’s match due to yellow card suspension but will be available for selection on Sunday. With that duo back in the fold, the Timbers could be Cup Bound & Down come Sunday night.