The Major League Soccer playoff schedule doesn't allow time for celebrating. The Portland Timbers will be back at it at 6 p.m. on Sunday, playing the first leg of the Western Conference finals series at Real Salt Lake.
As strange as it sounds for a third-year franchise that has never won a playoff series, that is a key advantage the Portland Timbers will carry with them into Jeld-Wen Field today for their playoff match with the rival Seattle Sounders.
There was a time earlier this season when having to defend 11 corner kicks — eight in the first half — and multiple dangerous free kicks would have been nightmarish for the Portland Timbers. But not anymore.