Two very different franchises will square off on Saturday evening with one goal in mind, to lift the 2018 MLS Cup.
Atlanta United, in their second MLS season, welcomes the Portland Timbers to Mercedes-Benz Stadium looking to claim its first trophy of its early history. Meanwhile, the Timbers are looking to cap off a strong season under first-year head coach, Giovanni Savarese.
The Five Stripes will hope to send off head coach Tata Martino in a winning fashion, with the Argentine likely to next join the Mexican National Team. Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron lead the deadly Atlanta attack, while veterans Jeff Larentowicz, Michael Parkhurst, and Brad Guzan headline the back end.
Portland has knocked off stiff competition along the way, while using talented midfielders Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco to lead the attack. Diego Chara, Jorge Villafana, and Liam Ridgewell will be tasked to shutdown the Five Stripes dynamic attacking front while pestering Atlanta’s midfield as well.
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