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Portland Timbers celebrate winning the 2015 MLS Cup
Portland Timbers became the 10th different club to win the MLS title

Portland Timbers became Major League Soccer champions for the first time as they beat Columbus Crew in the final, with ex-Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell lifting the trophy.

Diego Valeri put Portland ahead after just 27 seconds when he charged down a clearance from keeper Steve Clark.

Rodney Wallace then headed in to make it 2-0 in the seventh minute.

Kei Kamara pulled one back before half-time but the Timbers won their first major trophy since joining MLS in 2011.

Portland captain Ridgewell, 31, who played in the Premier League for Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, is in his second season with the club.

Liam Ridgewell of Portland Timbers and Kei Kamara of Columbus Crew in the 2015 MLS Cup final
Liam Ridgewell won the League Cup with Birmingham City in 2011

The final, at the Crew's Mapre Stadium, got off to a dramatic start when Clark's error gifted Valeri the opening goal.

The keeper's attempted clearance bounced off the Argentine and into the net, to set a new record for the fastest goal in the history of the MLS Cup - the name given to the final.

Portland were then gifted another goal when they were allowed to play on after the ball had clearly gone out for what should have been a throw-in, and Lucas Melano crossed for Costa Rica international Wallace to head in.

Columbus hit back as their top scorer, Sierra Leone forward Kamara, fired in his 26th goal of the season on the turn after goalkeeper Larsen Kwarasey had spilled a cross.

But the hosts barely made another chance as Ridgewell's defence stood firm and Portland were unfortunate not to add to their lead in the second half as they created a number of chances.

Melano saw a shot blocked, Kamara was spared an own-goal by Michael Parkhurst's goalline clearance, Fanendo Adi headed against a post and Clark saved superbly from Natt Borchers' close-range header.

Diego Valeri celebrates scoring the opening goal for Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final
Diego Valeri's goal was the earliest in MLS Cup history and helped him earn the final's Most Valuable Player award
Rodney Wallace scores Portland's second in the MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew
Portland's second goal came from Costa Rica international Rodney Wallace
Kei Kamara scores for Columbus Crew against Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final
Kei Kamara spent the 2013-14 season with Middlesbrough following an earlier loan spell at Norwich City
Kei Kamara celebrates scoring for Columbus Crew against Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup final
Kamara scored four Championship goals for Middlesbrough after signing from Kansas City

Line-ups

Columbus Crew SC

  • 1Clark
  • 25AffulBooked at 34mins
  • 4Parkhurst
  • 22Sauro
  • 14Francis
  • 6TchaniSubstituted forMcInerneyat 72'minutes
  • 20Trapp
  • 13FinlaySubstituted forCedrickat 63'minutes
  • 10Higuaín
  • 9MeramSubstituted forSaeidat 78'minutes
  • 23Kamara

Substitutes

  • 2Wahl
  • 3Klute
  • 8Saeid
  • 11Cedrick
  • 16Jiménez
  • 30McInerney
  • 41Stuver

Portland Timbers

  • 12Larsen Kwarasey
  • 2PowellBooked at 65mins
  • 7Borchers
  • 24Ridgewell
  • 19Villafaña
  • 6Nagbe
  • 21Chara
  • 8ValeriBooked at 90mins
  • 26MelanoSubstituted forAsprillaat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9AdiSubstituted forUrrutiat 90+1'minutes
  • 22WallaceSubstituted forJewsburyat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 11Asprilla
  • 13Jewsbury
  • 20Peay
  • 23Paparatto
  • 37Urruti
  • 90Gleeson
Referee:
Jair Marrufo
Attendance:
21,747

Match Stats

Home TeamColumbus Crew SCAway TeamPortland Timbers
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away12

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