PORTLAND, Ore. – New York City FC lifted the first silver trophy in the club’s seven-season history on Saturday, beating Portland Wood 4-2 on penalties, after the two sides stalemate at 1-1 after completing 120 minutes at Providence Park, to win the MLS Cup.
Winner of the Golden Shoe 2021 Valentin Castellanos scored his team’s only goal of the game, and that looked like it would be the winner of the game for much of the competition, just for Felipe Mora to score a reasonable equalizer with almost the last kick of the 90 minutes.
When neither side could find a winner in extra time, it would take penalties to decide the champion of the tournament. Captain NYCFC Sean Johnson made two saves for the Timbers’ Steve Clarkis one, marking a victory for the people of New York.
The opening period was short with clear chances, but playing with physical strength. The best of the few opportunities for self-expression fell into the hands of Castellanos, with both Maxi Moralez and Alfredo Morales service providers will eventually threaten Clark’s goals.
However, in the end, Argentina international youth will transform one of the opportunities that come his way. A Moralez free kick from the right was made by Castellanos behind the post, and his neat header narrowly missed the post and swerved wide of the NYCFC post.
However, an ugly moment took place in the celebration that followed.
As away team players gathered around Castellanos to toast the goal scorer, multiple projectiles were hurled at the NYCFC players by a small section of the home team’s support, one of which impressed statue Jesus Medina, who will need several minutes of medical attention. The fan caught throwing the ball was ejected from the game and banned from Providence Park, the Timbers confirmed.
Moralez almost doubled the advantage for the visitors after the first 5 minutes of the second half. His curved free kick, awarded after Diego Chara allegedly fouled Castellanos at the edge of the area, colliding with woodwork after the weakest block of the finger from Clark.
And for the rest of the second game period, the MLS Cup looked as if it belonged in NYCFC. But with 3 minutes and 53 seconds of 4 minutes of injury time played, a loose ball fell to the feet of Mora, who shot Johnson home, sending Providence Park into a delirious state and the game entered extra time. .
The Timbers would deliver a wave of energy sustained by 25,218 strong crowds in the first half of extra time, but they were unable to convert their chances. The noise from the Timbers Army only got louder as the clock neared the 120-minute mark, but no further goals were scored and the competition would have to be settled.
After scoring the goal that sent the game into extra time, Mora saved Portland’s opener from the penalty spot when Johnson swung to the right to parry a tame effort. The Timbers will respond with the next shooter, Clark saving Morales’ effort on his right.
Johnson will make his second stop in a row, this time on the legendary Timbers Diego Valeri, to once again give NYCFC the edge. And that was the lead, the guests wouldn’t give up, completing a 4-2 win.
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