10 things we learned from the second legs of MLS’s conference finals
Were any Timbers expressly snubbed? Probably not, though Borchers has a very good case. Still, this team deserves some individual recognition. Nagbe, Diego Chara, and Jorge Villafaña are as good at what they do as anyone in the league. Adam Kwarasey has had a sensational year as well. Meanwhile, Caleb Porter beat both Pareja and Carl Robinson, two finalists for Coach of the Year, and the wunderkind of 2013 hasn’t put a foot wrong since his first switch to a 4-3-3 almost a month and a half ago.
Absolutely, Portland is having success because they are a well-constructed team. But it’s taken plenty of individual brilliance to get to this point, and few around the landscape of MLS have taken notice.
10. Get Ready For The Final
The Timbers Army sold out their 900 tickets for the final in six minutes on Monday morning. Portland is ready to go. A championship for the Timbers would be the city’s first major sports triumph since 1977 and cement the already incredible bond the town has with its soccer team.
Columbus has had somewhat recent success – they won the Cup in 2008 – but this is, as they like to saw, a New Crew. This once-moribund franchise has undergone a remarkable revitalization the last two years, and with a win on home soil, Crew SC would conclude a feel-good journey back to the top.
There are just 90 minutes left in the 2015 MLS season. Next Sunday, a deserving champion will be crowned.