It is almost go time, folks.
The Portland Timbers are in Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew SC today and on the line is the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy. Do or die, this is the MLS Cup Final.
UPDATE: The 2,000-strong Timbers Army has arrived and filled the southern end of MAPFRE Stadium more than ninety minutes before kickoff.
Preview Interview: "The outside backs also deserve credit for the turnaround defensively. In Berhalter's system, these players are given credit for what they do offensively, really adding the width to the attack, but both Harrison Afful -- who also joined the team midseason -- and Waylon Francis have done well defending. In the Eastern Conference Final, these two shut down some very good attackers in Lloyd Sam and Mike Grella and should be a factor again in the Final."
Three Things to Watch: "In sum, therefore, if the Timbers are consistently forcing the Crew into wide, late, and contested crosses, then they will stand a very good chance of keeping the Crew attack under control. But if the Crew are able to unlock the byline with regularity or get out in the open field in wide areas, the Timbers could be in a lot of trouble."
Watch it on: ESPN, UniMas (US), TSN (Canada)
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. PT at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
Portland Timbers: Finished 3rd in the Western Conference with a record of 15-11-8
Columbus Crew SC: Finished 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 15-11-8