The Portland Timbers are the 2015 MLS Cup champions, beating the Columbus Crew 2-1 at MAPFRE Stadium. Portland's Diego Valeri took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake in the opening minute to make it 1-0 Timbers. Valeri would go onto win MLS Cup MVP honors. Rodney Wallace would capitalize on another Columbus miscue in the 7th minute, continuing his run while the Crew argued the ball went out of bounds and scoring. Columbus pulled a goal back through Kei Kamara in the 18th minute, but it was Portland watching their shots hit the post or somehow not manage to cross the goal line in the second-half.
“We knew that they take risks to play," Valeri said. "That’s their way. We knew that the aggressiveness in the first 20 minutes from us had to be there. We tried to press them, because most of the situations that they create comes from their backline. So, we tried to press to be aggressive and it was strange, but it was about the aggressiveness and the pressure that we put on their backline.”
Columbus finished with one shot on goal with home field advantage in the final. That raised the expected questions for Crew coach Gregg Berhalter.
“That’s the funny thing about soccer. I think that there’s chances and there’s half-chances and I think we’re close," he said. "There weren’t many clear-cut chances, that’s for sure, and give Portland a lot of credit. The last time we played them it was a very similar game where we had a lot of the ball, controlled a lot of the game but it’s very difficult to create goal scoring chances and that’s the strength of Portland. They had a good defense all year and we knew that they were going to be difficult to breakdown. We knew that we don’t have much time to get the shots off and they did a good job."