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SportMLS Cup Final preview: Timbers prepared to strike

04:55  07 december  2018
04:55  07 december  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

Timbers beat Sporting KC 3-2 to earn MLS Cup trip

Timbers beat Sporting KC 3-2 to earn MLS Cup trip Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals, including one in stoppage time, and Portland beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Thursday night to advance to MLS Cup for the second time in four years. The Timbers will visit Atlanta United on Dec. 8 to play for the league title. Atlanta beat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on aggregate to win its Eastern Conference final series. Daniel Salloi scored in the first half and Gerso Fernandes scored in the 81st minute for Sporting KC, which still has not played for the MLS Cup since winning the 2013 title.

The Portland Timbers have reached the second MLS Cup Final in their history after being crowned Western Conference champions with a dramatic But there was no indication of the drama to come as the Timbers secured their place in the final with a Diego Valeri strike in the ninth minute of stoppage

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MLS Cup Final preview: Timbers prepared to strike© AP Photo/Brett Davis

Things are going to get real loud in Georgia by the time 8 p.m. ET rolls around on Saturday night.

That’s when Atlanta United tangles with Portland Timbers, the Georgian outfit a heavy favorite to win its first MLS Cup and send Tata Martino, Miguel Almiron, and probably a few others away from United as all-time heroes (though they already qualify given their star power and the new nature of the club).

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The Portland Timbers will face Atlanta United in the MLS Cup final next month after overcoming Minutes later, Diego Valeri headed the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1 for the Timbers . Gerso Fernandes gave the home supporters hope when he made it 2-2 with a strike near the penalty

And lest we forget that Martino has been out-foxed in finals before: The 2013 Copa del Rey final and three Copa America finals, with the Spanish Super Cup for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid standing as his big final victory. The Copa America finals were Argentina twice losing to Chile in PKs, and with Paraguay blown out by highly-favored Uruguay; The Copa del Rey was Barca’s late loss to Real Madrid in Valencia.

Savarese has won three NASL titles with the New York Cosmos, who were admittedly the favorites each time. And his Timbers have won an MLS Cup away from home, claiming the 2015 final against Columbus with several players still in green and white on the roster (Diego Valeri, Jorge Villafana, Diego Chara, Lucas Melano, Jake Gleeson).

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Crew- Timbers matchup makes for compelling MLS Cup final . But both conference champs did more than enough over the course of the playoffs to book their tickets to the final , and their ability to adjust to the demands of a given game and beat you in different ways sets the stage for a compelling MLS Cup .

MLS Cup 2018 will be the 23rd edition of MLS Cup , the championship match of Major League Soccer ( MLS ), and is scheduled to take place on December 8, 2018.

So, yes, Atlanta is the favorite to win, but don’t sleep on Portland in a one-off game with plenty of rest and time to prepare for a tactical challenge.

Regular season

Portland – 15W-10L-9T – +6 GD – 4W-8L-5T away

Atlanta – 21W-7L-6T – +26 GD – 11W-2L-4T home

Head-to-head

June 24 — D 1-1 in Atlanta — Goals: Mabiala (32′), Gressel (56′)

Playoffs

Atlanta

Beat NYCFC 4-1 (1-0, 3-1)

Beat RBNY 3-1 (3-0, 0-1)

Portland

Beat Dallas 2-1

Beat Seattle 4-4 (2-1, 2-3)

Beat Sporting KC 3-2 (0-0, 3-2)

MLS Cup Foes Atlanta, Portland Boast Contrasting Styles, Plenty of Stars.
Atlanta United will host the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup final, a matchup of two teams centered on South American talent and contrasting styles of play.

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