PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged.
Portland leads with 54 points and Real Salt Lake is second, one point back.
The Timbers clinched a playoff spot earlier in the day when Seattle lost to FC Dallas. It marks the first time Portland has made the playoffs since joining MLS in 2011.
Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is proud of the accomplishment, but doesn't want to stop there.
"It is a big thing for this club, it's a milestone that we're happy about," Porter said. "But it's not just about being in the playoffs. There's still a lot of work to be done and we want to be a club that's not just in the playoffs, but making a run to win it."
Real Salt Lake will clinch a playoff spot if San Jose loses to Los Angeles on Sunday.
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis saw the match as a good preview for the upcoming playoffs.
"I look at it as a positive and say if we can perform like that as we go into the playoffs, thinking we'll have a home-and-away series, this is what you have to do when you're away."