For the first time in their history, the Portland Timbers are the MLS Cup Champions . The Cascadian representative finished the season strong and ran into the playoffs finishing 3rd in the Western Conference.
Overcoming a hostile crowd at MAPFRE stadium in Columbus, the Timbers took care of business by beating the Columbus Crew 2-1. The game started in a Crew manner as a goal was scored very early. But this time, it was Columbus that conceded early.
Steve Clark makes a monumental blunder by keeping the ball too long before clearing it. Diego Valeri's pressing was rewarded as he blocked the clearance and transformed it into a goal.
The Timbers doubled their lead when Rodney Wallace heads in a beautiful header off a cross from Lucas Melano. The only problem is that goal should never have counted as the ball want out of bounds, earlier during the play.
It did not deter the home team as it scored on the 18th minute thanks to another Gk blunder. Adam Kwarasey gifts the ball to Kei Kamara right in front of his goal and the rest of history.
The rest of the game was not event-free but the Timbers was the better team mentally and tactically to go on and lift the 2015 MLS Cup.