Timbers closeout with draw

Late goal pulls PDX 1-1 with LAFC, playoff next
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Jorge Villafana celebrates a goal in the arms of Diego Valeri Sunday.
AP photo

And, now finally, the MLS Cup is on the line.

After the tournament-in-a-bubble, and collapsed regular season, the Portland Timbers can finally focus on the annual battle for the league championship, and they'll be part of it as the third seed in the Western Conference.

Portland closed out is regular season with a 1-1 draw in Los Angeles, netting the tying goal in the 90th minute to finish with an 11-6-6 record and 39 points. The point total tied with Sporting Kansas City and Seattle, but those teams had played fewer matches and had a higher point-per-game average, and were seeded first and second, respectively, for the upcoming playoffs that begin Nov. 20.

Jorge Villafana headed home Portland's goal to cap of the regular season, scoring for the first time in five years. The Timbers scored 46 goals in their 23 matches, topped only by LAFC with 47 goal in 22 matches. The two teams tied 1-1 just a month ago.

Portland will play at least one playoff game at Providence Park, starting with Dallas, which finished sixth.

The other Western match-ups are:

Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose

Seattle vs. LAFC

Minnesota vs. Colorado