The Portland Timbers made MLS history of their own with their franchise’s first every MLS Cup championship. This is really amazing, if you consider the fact that it was only back in 2011 that this franchise entered the league. From expansion to champion in five years not too bad, if you ask me. I’ll go ahead and admit it. I never if thought of the Timbers as a possible champion heading into the playoffs, but that is what is so amazing about our sport. Sometimes the team you don’t think will do anything makes that long run and wins it all.
Portland ran through a rough patch of games to make it to the MLS Cup. They dispatched Vancouver and then FC Dallas. Those are two lethal foes. The fact that they were able to outscore FC Dallas just blows my mind. I mean, come on, the two teams scored a combined eight goals in the conference championship games, compared to three in the Eastern Conference games.
Once again in the finals, there was no clean sheet to be had; it was a gritty 2-1 win that really makes me give out a newfound respect for those young Timbers. The Timbers had to deal with the league’s second highest scorer in Kei Kamara. The two Timbers goals came from Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace. Not to mention the Timbers also scored the fastest first goal in MLS Cup final history in the first 27 seconds of the game, thanks to a mistake by the Columbus goalie that lead to Valeri’s goal.
Not to down by a great season by Columbus, as Kei Kamara did continue his scoring addiction with the lone goal for Columbus. Columbus also had a hard road to the final, as they played the league’s best offense in the Red Bulls. But it doesn’t hurt when your team has the league’s second best offense. Both teams managed shutouts in their games, but the 2-0 shutout proved to be the deciding goal.
Franklin Lee is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, a father of two and the site's MLS Briefs writer.