Like the last two MLS Cups, this year’s edition features a side from Cascadia travelling to the east to battle a big red machine with a vibrant fanbase and a massive payroll. Only this year, the shade of red is different, as is the Cascadian challenger.
The hosts, Atlanta United, much like Toronto FC last year, will be trying to cement their legacy with a piece of silverware. It was that same Toronto club that denied United the Supporters’ Shield and the points record on the final day of the regular season.
It would be tough on Atlanta to go through all they have this season and not have a piece of silverware to commemorate it all. Although, given how quickly they have risen there are many fan bases who would not mind seeing that play out.
Portland Timbers, on the other hand, are the underdogs, just as they have been all playoffs. But through some incredible play from their stars and some big results away from home, the 2015 MLS Cup champions are back in the final three years later.
It promises to be quite the match, and we broke it down on this week’s Footy Talks Podcast. First, Zach Kay, who is the managing editor of Stumptown Footy joined the show to discuss the Portland side of the match.
Then, Sydney Hunte of Dirty South Soccer hopped on to talk about a number of topics related to Atlanta United. We talked Josef Martinez winning MLS MVP, the Concacaf Champions League and what this match means for Tata Martino’s legacy.
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