Portland Timbers fall to No. 3 in the West after draw to LAFC


One week ago, the Portland Timbers controlled its own destiny to earn the top seed in the Western Conference.

Now at the conclusion of the regular season, Portland will likely have to travel to play any game beyond the first round. 

The Timbers (11-6-6) drew 1-1 to LAFC (9-8-5) in the City of Angels Sunday afternoon during Decision Day after allowing a goal in the fifth minute, but they equalized in stoppage time.  

Jorge Villafaña's equalizer was his first goal in five years. 

With the draw, Portland falls to third in the Western Conference and will host a first-round matchup with sixth-seed FC Dallas in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Colorado scored in stoppage time to defeat Houston and move up to the fifth seed, which dropped FC Dallas to sixth and LAFC to seventh. 

Diego Charà missed the game due to yellow card accumulation and Jeremy Ebobisse missed a fourth consecutive game with a concussion. 

Diego Vaelri had two shots on goal in the final ten minutes of the match but both shots were saved by LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. Valeri's shot attempt in the 80th minute was the Timbers first shot on goal in over 200 minutes of game time. 

Next, the Timbers will host FC Dallas in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.