Columbus Crew's MLS Cup final got off to the worst possible start on Sunday, when a moment of indecision from goalkeeper Steve Clark gifted Portland Timbers the lead after just 30 seconds.
A howler from Clark and Valeri gives portland the lead in the first minute! https://t.co/g2SFsiW3NX— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 6, 2015
And things got worse just six minutes later, as Rodney Wallace stooped to head the Timbers two up within the first ten minutes.
But Columbus responded positively, leading goalscorer Kei Kamara turning home to half the deficit:
Kwarasey gives Columbus a life line. Kamara pulls one back. 2-1 Timbers. https://t.co/DGzfkcRQtK— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) December 6, 2015
Harrison Afful provided the other significant talking point of the first half, earning a yellow card for a heavy-handed foul on Liam Ridgewell.
Columbus pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but Portland held on to claim their first ever MLS Cup win.
It sparked scenes of jubilation for the Timbers:
But was a devastating loss for Columbus—and particularly Kamara—to take:
That lonely yellow spot on the field is Kei Kamara, the last Crew player on the field, taking the loss very hard. pic.twitter.com/ku70WCTwFA— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) December 6, 2015