Once upon a time, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted that if the team ever won an MLS Cup, he would buy the Timbers Army a bar. Now it appears that his promise is coming true.
The Timbers announced today that the "Double Post Bar", named for the miraculously missed penalty by Sporting Kansas City player Saad Abdul-Salaam in the 2015 Western Conference play-in game when his attempt struck both posts before bouncing to safety, will open on March 6th at 1:30 p.m. for the Timbers' 2016 home opener.
The bar will be located inside Providence Park, off the concourse behind section 109, and will be open on match days for both Timbers and Thorns games.
The Timbers' 2015 run through the playoffs seemed like a thing of destiny to Timbers fans. Starting with Maximiliano Urruti's last-second goal to get the Timbers to penalties against SKC, and including moments like a late Diego Chara goal to seal the victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps and Dairon Asprilla's long-range bomb against FC Dallas to ensure that the Timbers had a two-goal lead from the home leg, then culminating in Diego Valeri's opener against Columbus: the fastest goal in the history of the MLS Cup Final.
Still, no moment typified that fated feeling more than Abdul-Salaam's shot caroming off both posts and out.