LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Diego Valeri and Andy Polo came on in the second half to score key goals as the Portland Timbers defeated New York City FC 3-1 on Saturday night in the final quarterfinal match of the MLS is Back tournament.
Sebastian Blanco also scored for the Timbers, who will face the Philadelphia Union in a Wednesday semifinal. The winner will face Minnesota United or Orlando City in the championship game on Aug. 11.
Jesus Medina had NYCFC’s lone goal on a penalty kick in the first half.
NYCFC had a 10-9 advantage in shots. Sean Johnson and Steve Clark each had two saves.
Robin Lod had a goal and an assist, Hassani Dotson had two assists and Minnesota beat San Jose and advanced to the semifinals of the MLS is Back tournament.
Lod and Jacori Hayes scored first-half goals 90 seconds apart to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead at halftime. Magnus Eriksson helped the Earthquakes get within a goal early in the second half on a penalty kick before Minnesota’s Luis Amarilla and Marlon Hairston scored to put it out of reach.
Minnesota United will face Orlando City in Thursday’s semifinal.
Minnesota United has won four straight against San Jose, outscoring them 15-4.