Leg 2: @ Jeld-Wen Field - Thursday, 8:00. TV on the NBC Sports Network.
What It Means For Portland: 1-0-0, 1st Seed in the Western Conference
The Portland Timbers are so close. They are just hours away from cementing the most famous victory in the history of Soccer City, USA, and cementing their place as Portland's second legendary soccer team and first of the MLS era. All that glory is ready and beckoning.
Every way you look at it, the hard part is done: The Timbers went to Seattle to play in a football stadium where they had never won, then played on a football gridiron and won. Portland won with panache. They executed their pragmatic game plan to perfection, and took their two chances with enough clinical ability to make the goal-scorers honorary Germans. They gave up a late goal, which prevented an all-out party, but they still took the game 2-1. It was generally agreed upon before the series started that a win in Seattle for the Timbers would end the Sounders' chances. You've heard the statistics bandied about this week: If you take away the Montreal game, which is little more than an anomaly in a season of history, Portland hasn't lost at Jeld-Wen Field since July 2012. They've never lost with both Diego Chara and Will Johnson in the starting lineup. Seattle will have to win by two goals to win in normal time, a one-goal Sounders victory won't even win them the series, it will only send it to extra time. Mission impossible, right?