Portland up 2-1 in semi against Seattle

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 2:34 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A year ago at this time, the Portland Timbers had held their season-ending banquet, passed out their individual awards and gone home, disappointed with an eighth-place finish in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Now they're eyeing the conference finals.

The Timbers finished the regular season ranked atop the conference standings and hold a 2-1 advantage going into Thursday's second leg of their two-game goal-aggregate conference semifinal against the rival Seattle Sounders.

The Timbers get the second leg at home — a place where they've been tremendously successful this season with an MLS-record 11 shutouts. Portland has an 11-1-5 home record and a 15-match unbeaten streak at Jeld-Wen Field. The team's lone loss came on March 9 to Montreal.

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