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MLS Cup Playoffs 2015: Timbers vs. Crew Schedule After Conference Finals

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIINovember 30, 2015

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, middle, kisses the trophy after winning the MLS soccer western conference championship, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Frisco, Texas. The teams tie 2-2, but Portland advanced to the MLS championship on aggregate score. (AP Photo/Brad Loper)
Brad Loper/Associated Press

And then there were two.

The MLS Cup Final is set, and it'll be the Columbus Crew taking on the Portland Timbers on Dec. 6 in Mapfre Stadium.

The site of the game was supposed to be whichever team had the best regular-season record, but the Crew and Timbers finished the regular season with the same record of 15-11-8. However, because of a better goal differential, Columbus will host Portland in Ohio for the top prize in MLS.

Here's a complete rundown of the schedule:   

  

2015 MLS Cup Final Schedule

Who: Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew

Where: Mapre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

When: Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

How did we get here?

The Timbers' road to get to the final game did not come easy. They advanced to the final after beating FC Dallas 5-3 on aggregate, but it almost wasn't this way.

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Fanendo Adi scored the first goal of the second leg in the 54th minute to put Portland up 4-1 on aggregate, but as FC Dallas did in the quarterfinals against the Seattle Sounders, it stormed back to add drama to the match.

Two goals within a three-minute span from Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez gave Dallas a 2-1 lead, and it trailed only 4-3 in aggregate. But that was all FC Dallas could garner, as Portland's Lucas Melano shut the door on its season with a goal in stoppage time to secure the win.

The Timbers provided footage of fans celebrating at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland:

Portland Timbers @TimbersFC

Emotional reactions here at the @CrystalPortland. #RCTID #DALvPOR https://t.co/qk8V25m7Z6

Columbus also advanced but not without some drama of its own. The second leg was scoreless for most of the match until three minutes into stoppage time. Anatole Bertrand Abang scored the only goal of the match to make it 1-0 Red Bulls and 2-1 in aggregate.

The officials gave New York more time than allotted, and the Red Bulls almost scored the equalizer. Dax McCarty had a clear shot just feet away from the goal, but the ball hit the post and went out of play. New York could do nothing after that, and time expired. The Crew tweeted about the huge win:

Columbus Crew SC @ColumbusCrewSC

FT: YESSSSS!!! 2015 @MLS Cup, here we come! #CrewSC #ForColumbus https://t.co/G3cikK0cO2

On a day filled with drama, the stage is set for a stellar MLS Cup Final. The Crew are looking for their second championship in franchise history, while the four-year-old Timbers are looking for their first championship.

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