The Columbus Crew face the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final today (4 p.m., ESPN/UniMas) at MAPFRE Stadium in a matchup that is promising to be a memorable encounter.
The Crew and Timbers enter on strong runs of form that carried over from the second half of the regular season straight into the playoffs. The Crew showed their maturity in winning a pair of tough Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal and Columbus, while the Timbers have emerged as road warriors, putting together an eight-match unbeaten streak heading into today’s final.
SBI will be providing live commentary on all of today’s action so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Before joining the live commentary, be sure to have a look at SBI’s extensive MLS Cup coverage from this week in Columbus:
SBI MLS Cup coverage:
Similar clubs Crew, Timbers aim to punctuate strong seasons with MLS Cup
Crew, Timbers point to wide play as key to MLS Cup final
MLS Cup Notes: Porter embraces underdog status; Crew relish home field advantage; and more
Friends, countrymen, rival playmakers Valeri and Higuain set for MLS Cup clash
Kei Kamara’s MLS Cup Final status in question after suffering leg injury in training
Liam Ridgewell recovered, ready to start for Timbers in MLS Cup Final
Jorge Villafana proving to be no weak link
Tony Tchani brings more than strength to Crew midfield
Kei Kamara hoping to win first MLS Cup after past brushes with title
Match really just played into Portlands hands. They were able to just sit in deep and try and counter most of the match. Crew perhaps too committed to playing out of the back cost them.
Adi Is good but he acts like a jerk out there
Hes just got a bad attitude
sound argument, are you a lawyer?
Crew need to take Higuain off, he’s been pretty bad
Finlay sucked today
Do people really think this is good soccer?
finals are almost always a mess, its not been boring at least
I’m wondering if people can even tell the difference.
Horrible advertisement for the league. 2 poor goalkeeping mistakes and an officiating mistake.
meh at least its not 0-0
Kamara is a beast. Been a pleasure to watch him all season.
Awful refs so far
Crew’s start made me forget, for a second, that this is THEIR home field
Minor league soccer
Crew’s GK Steve Clark ….L….O…..L….
A intriguing chance for Nagbe to raise his NT hype lol
He was alright I guess, not a major impact really tho
Never doubt me! lol. but yea it always looks good to win a trophy as a young(ish) player. the media will always feed off credentials they can list in their articles, etc… (“Duck, Duck, Goose Champion, 1994!!…..”)
that is, in terms of a player new to the larger stage of the NT. look for a plethora of Nagbe articles during Jan camp assuming he’s called in…