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MLS Cup 2021: SBI Match Day

The Portland Timbers play host to New York City FC in the 2021 MLS Cup Final in what promises to be a final for the ages.

The Timbers are searching for their second MLS Cup title, having won in 2015, but a victory today would mark the team’s first title win at home in front of a sold-out crowd at Providence Park.

New York City FC is searching for its first championship in the team’s sixth year of existence. Ronny Deila is the team’s fourth head coach during that span, but he has helped lead the team to its first final, led by the goal-scoring of MLS Golden Boot winner Taty Castellanos.

Here is a rundown of SBI’s pre-match coverage of the final:

MLS Cup Final Preview (LINK)

Valentin Castellanos poised to shine in MLS Cup that could be his NYCFC finale (LINK)

MLS Cup Final: Three Keys to a Timbers win (LINK)

MLS Cup Final: Three Keys to an NYCFC win (LINK)

The SBI Show: Episode 346 (MLS Cup Final Preview) (LINK)

SBI will be providing updates from Portland in the comments section below. Please feel free to join us, and share your own thoughts and opinions on the MLS Cup Final in the comments section below.

Enjoy the match!


  1. NYCFC has won MLS Cup for the first time in its history, outlasting Portland 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout. Sean Johnson with two PK saves. Epic for NYCFC who conceded in the 93rd minute. Strong performance from a lot of players (James Sands, Tayvon Gray), etc. We hoped you enjoyed this week’s coverage, more to come on SBI from postmatch.

  2. We have not seen much from Portland yet, but you have to think they will get an equalizer as the second half wears on. Mora or Blanco haven’t been on the ball a whole lot. Wonder if/when Savarese will bring Niezgoda on.

  3. HALFTIME – Timbers 0, NYCFC 1. NYCFC with a deserved lead in a 1st-half that didn’t a ton of clear chances, but NYCFC was more proactive in the final third

    NYCFC is winning the midfield battle pretty comfortably. Timbers will get some looks on the counter, but need more of the ball.

  4. Valentin Castellanos opens the scoring with a 41st-minute header off a Maxi Moralez free kick.

    Steve Clark with a howler on that one, the ball came right at him and he misplayed it, letting it get past him.

    Brutal goal to give up just before halftime.

    1-0, NYCFC, 41st minute.


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