Major League Soccer

Timbers hang on to reach first MLS Cup

(AP Photo/Brad Loper)

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Defender Nat Borchers stepped up for the Portland Timbers with an MLS Cup spot in the line.

The Timbers had seen a three-goal lead in their Western Conference finals dwindle to a lone goal, and FC Dallas' Blas Perez had a shot to tie the series in stoppage time- until Borchers got in the way.

"It was just a reaction for sure," Borchers said. "I just had to make a quick decision, and somehow I made the block."