Portland Timbers defeat NYCFC to advance to the MLS is Back semifinals


The Portland Timbers are headed to the semifinals of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, FL. 

Thanks to goals by Sebastian Blanco, Diego Valeri, and Andy Polo, the Timbers overcame a 1-0 deficit against NYCFC to win 3-1 in regulation. 

NYCFC got first blood after Portland Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala was called for a yellow card in the box. Jesus Medina would convert the kick for NYFC to take a 1-0 lead.

Then, in the 43rd minute, Sebastian Blanco caught a rebound inside the box and converted the shot into the back of the net to level Portland, 1-1 heading into the half.

NYCFC dominated large portions of the first half and held a 59% possession advantage after 45 minutes. 

Then, Diego Valeri came onto the pitch at halftime and gave the Timbers the lead in the 65th minute to pull the Timbers in front, 2-1. Designated player Jaroslaw Niezgoda had the assist. 

But the show wasn't over yet.

In the 74th minute, Andy Polo replaced Eryk Williamson and made his mark on the match immediately. One minute and eleven seconds to be exact. 

Portland will play the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. PT in the semifinals of the MLS is Back Tournament.