Road to MLS Cup | Fanendo Adi's turnaround strike helped seal win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Editor's Note: With the Portland Timbers set to play in their first ever MLS Cup on Dec. 6 against Columbus Crew SC (1pm PT, ESPN), we take a look at some of the key moments in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs that got them to this point.

After a scoreless first leg at Providence Park, the Portland Timbers traveled north to battle their Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C.

After weathering some early attacks from Whitecaps midfielder Kekuta Manneh, the Timbers took control of the game, sending wave after wave of attackers at David Ousted's goal and putting the home side on its heels.

The breakthrough finally came in the 31st minute, and it came, like Maxi Urruti's late goal against Sporting Kansas City, off of a deep throw-in.

Off of his own throw, midfielder Rodney Wallace and teammate Diego Valeri played a quick give-and-go, Wallace playing the Argentine playmaker into space. Valeri then feinted as if he were going to shoot at goal, freezing Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston just long enough to give forward Fanendo Adi to the time and space cut back towards the penalty spot before one-timing Valeri's pass into the roof of the net.

Adi's effort provided a vital road goal and gave the Timbers a seemingly insurmountable 1-0 aggregate series lead. While Diego Chara added an insurance goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, Adi's goal proved the series-winner, sending the Timbers to the Western Conference Championship for the second time in three years