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It was over before it even began at Jen-Weld Field as the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake with an aggregate score of 5-2 in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship. Real Salt Lake, the new Western Conference Champs and the 2009 MLS Cup Champions, will now move on to their second MLS Cup berth and will face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in two weeks.

Coming from Salt Lake City with a 4-2 lead over Portland, RSL simply had to dominate the match and prevent from being scored on twice by the Timbers. The visitors went a step further by not only gaining control of the match early on but also by scoring a vital away goal to increase the aggregate score and to gain the lead in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship.

Despite the loss Portland deserve credit for going out swinging, scoring two goals in the first half that were disallowed due to a foul in the first shot and an offside in the second. Portland also deserve praise for coming this far in their first ever playoff berth in Major League Soccer, especially since the loss was not enough to silence the roaring Timbers Army and because Caleb Porter managed to leave a lasting impression in his first year in charge of an MLS club.

Donovan Ricketts has had a season worthy of a goalkeeper award but unfortunately, a rebound by the Jamaican keeper left Robbie Findley perfectly positioned to score the only goal of the match on the 29th minute. The Timbers had not lost a home game since March when they fell to the Montreal Impact but unfortunately, Porter's squad proved to be too weak for RSL, the team that eliminated the current MLS Cup Champions (LA Galaxy) in the conference semifinals.
Heroic performances by former USMNT forward Robbie Findley and youth national youth squad midfielder Luis Gil, gives Real Salt Lake , a 4-2 first leg victory at home, in the MLS Western Conference Final.

The first player to make headlines was Will Johnson with a free kick  that stunned Rio Tinto Stadium. Johnson knuckled a superb free kick around the wall of his former club RSL,  followed by a quiet and classy celebration on the minute 14 of the first half.