Portland Timbers MLS Champions – the Oregon franchise became Major League Soccer champions for the first time as they beat Columbus Crew reports soccer betting picks site FC Bodog.
Timbers striker Diego Valeri put his side ahead after just 27 seconds when he seized on a poor clearance from Columbus keeper Steve Clark.
That error was compounded as Rodney Wallace made it 2-0 in the seventh minute.
Columbus fought back as former Middlesbrough striker Kei Kamara netted before half-time but the Timbers hung on to run out 2-1 winners and claim their first major silverware since joining MLS in 2011.
Going into the game Columbus were 1.57 favourites to win the MLS Cup with Portland trading at 2.38.
On August 18 earlier this year Portland could have been backed with one bookmaker at 51.00 odds to win the 2015 MLS Cup. The highest price that Columbus ever traded this season was 34.00 odds.
Portland coach Caleb Porte praised his side for only allowing Columbus one shot on goal in 90 minutes. He said afterwards: “We were never in danger. We were comfortable, we were tight. We saw the game out and we shut it down. That’s a part of winning.
“All I could think about (at the final whistle) was sharing that moment with my players. We’ve been through a long season and shared the highs and lows.”
Timbers central defender Nat Borchers added: “We knew they were going to come at us with numbers, with pressure, and we had to deal with that.
“Obviously when a team throws numbers forward, you’ve got to be able to counterattack them and score a goal and create. I thought we countered them so well. I thought we did such a good job with our possession, and it just gives us time in the back to relax a little bit and get our breath.”
Portland are captained by former West Brom and Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell. The ex-Premier League player attracted unwanted headlines when he was snapped wiping his backside with a wad of £20 notes.
The incident enraged hard-working West Brom supporters but Ridgewell defended himself by saying that the picture was only ever for private consumption and was merely “a joke to win up a mate he had won a bet with”.
Match details: Columbus Crew (4-2-3-1): Clark, Afful, Parkhurst (c), Sauro, Francis, Tchani (McInerney 71), Trapp, Finlay (Mabwati 63), Higuain, Meram (Saeid 78), Kamara.
Subs not used: Wahl, Klute, Jimenez, Stuver.
Goal: Kamara 18
Booked: Afful, Saeid
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Kwarasey, Powell, Borchers, Ridgewell (c), Villafana, Chara, Nagbe, Valeri, Melano (Asprilla 59), Adi (Urruti 90), Wallace (Jewsbury 93)
Subs not used: Gleeson, Paparatto, Peay, Johnson.
Goals: Valeri 1, Wallace 7
Booked: Powell, Valeri