Timbers go up 2-1 after first leg of semifinal with Sounders
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sebastian Blanco put the Timbers in front with a goal in the 29th minute and Portland hung on over a tense second half to go up 2-1 in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. The second leg is set for Thursday night in Seattle. The Sounders were hurt by a pair of key injuries in the opening half that forced them to use two substitutions.