PORTLAND, Ore. -- Long after the final whistle signaled the end to a magical season for the Portland Timbers, a sell-crowd filled Jeld-Wen stadium with booming chants of “P-T-F-C,” in tribute to the Portland football club.
The stat line will read that Real Salt Lake defeated Portland Sunday night 1-0 to win the away-and-home series on aggregate, 5-2.
The Timbers were looking to become the first team in nine years to come back from a two-goal shortfall in the second match of an aggregate-goals series.
Twice, moments of hope turned quickly to disappointment as Portland fans watched as not one but two first-half goals by the Timbers were waived off by the referee.
Portland appeared to score off a corner in the 15th minute but the goal was waived off by the referee because of a foul in the box, frustrating the sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.
Portland had a second goal nullified in the 33rd minute when Futty Danso was called offside by the linesman.
The Timbers outshot Real Salt Lake 18-7 for the match but the only goal to count in the game was a shot from RSL’s Robbie Findley's in the first half.
Salt Lake took a 4-2 lead two weeks ago at Rio Tinto Stadium in the opener of the two-leg series. RSL, which won the league championship in 2009, will play Sporting Kansas City for this season's title on Dec. 7.
Sunday's victory extended RSL's unbeaten streak against Portland to 10 straight matches. The Timbers remain winless against Real Salt Lake since their first meeting when Portland joined MLS in the 2011 season.
Portland went into the match with just one home loss this season.
For the Timbers, it was a disappointing final two games to an otherwise brilliant season which saw the team make its first-ever appearance in the MLS playoffs and then soundly defeat the Seattle Sounders in the first round.