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Johnson, Nagbe lift Timbers past sounders

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Johnson, Nagbe lift Timbers past sounders

SEATTLE (AP) — Ryan Johnson flicked in a header early in the first half, and Darlington Nagbe scored midway through the second half on Saturday night as the Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinals series.

The third-year Timbers, playing in their first MLS postseason contest, need just a draw in Wednesday’s second leg at Portland to advance to the conference finals.

Osvaldo Alonso scored in the 90th minute for the Sounders, who need to win the second leg by at least two goals to win the aggregate total and advance.

If the Sounders outscore the Timbers by one goal in the second match to even the aggregate total, there would be overtime to decide the series.

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