New York City stun Portland in penalties to win MLS Cup – Reuters

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Dan Grebler
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In the shootout, New Yorks veteran goalie Sean Johnson stood high, conserving two of the 4 Portland shots before Alexander Callens claimed the championship for New York with an emphatic shot that found the leading right corner of the objective.
” I told the young boys, dont put your heads down. Theres a great deal of game yet to be played,” Johnson stated when asked his message to the group after Portland connected it up.
The group captain stated he told players to embrace the opportunity of the shootout and not look at it as a pressure circumstance.
” I simply wished to stay present and do what I could to help the team, and we stepped up in a huge way. I had the ability to get a couple of conserves and the boys buried the rest.”
Johnson stated the hard work he had actually put in throughout the years had actually finally settled.
” This is why we play the games, make all the sacrifice. Its for the fans up there who traveled all the way throughout the nation,” he said.
” Twelve years in the making for me, so were going to enjoy it.”
Golden boot winner Castellanos broke the scoreless tie toward completion of the first half when he headed a dead ball kick from Alfredo Morales off the glove of Portland keeper Steve Clark and into the objective.
In the ensuing event, a fan threw an aluminum can onto the field, striking New Yorks Jesus Medina and causing him to fall to the field. Medina was able to continue in the fan and the match was ejected.
Portlands very first opportunity for an equalizer came late in the match when Yimmi Charas dead ball kick got past New Yorks flatfooted defense.
Mora was unable to change the shots trajectory with his outstretched foot and the ball sailed into Johnsons arms.
Mora offseted that miscue when he scored the not likely equalizer to bring Portlands famous Timbers Army fanbase back to life.
New york city players were livid with the referees, insisting a foul should have been called on the Timbers during a crash that occurred in package prior to Moras objective.
The 26th edition of the MLS Cup marked the fifth time it had been decided by penalties.
New York were making their very first look in a Cup final, while the Timbers were making their third, having actually won everything in 2015.

Dec 11 (Reuters) – New York City FC got rid of a hostile road environment and a late Portland equalizer to upset the Timbers in a charge shootout and claim the franchises very first MLS Cup on Saturday.
New york city looked like they would ride Taty Castellanos 41st-minute goal to a 1-0 success. In the final seconds of regular time, a deflected shot landed in front of Portlands Felipe Mora, who fired it home to send the game into additional time.
From there, both groups had opportunities they were unable to finish, setting up the shootout on a rainy day at sold-out Providence Park.

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