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The Daily Dirt: Portland Timbers win their first MLS Cup

The Timbers took down Columbus Crew SC.

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In a back-and-forth game with plenty of goofs from referees and players alike, Portland Timbers defeated Columbus Crew SC, 2-1, to win their first MLS Cup in club history. The game started with a horrific mistake from Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark, which led to Diego Valerie scoring the fastest goal in the history of the competition.

Six minutes later, Rodney Wallace buried a diving header to double the Timbers' lead. However, the goal never should have happened since Portland clearly played the ball out of bounds in the buildup. It was a call the linesman somehow blew, and it obviously made a huge impact on the game. Crew SC pulled one back in the 17th minute after Timbers keeper Adam Kwarasey had a blunder of his own.

That was the end of the scoring, despite more chances for both sides and two balls of the post for Portland. The Timbers became the third expansion club, joining Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake, to win the MLS Cup.


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What's happening in The A?

The wheels are officially falling off for the Falcons, who dropped a 23-19 result against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. It was the fifth loss in a row for Atlanta, which falls to 6-6 and increasingly out of the playoff picture.

The Hawks had trouble holding another big lead Friday night. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers are mostly young enough and bad enough that Atlanta was able to recover for a 100-87 victory. In his final game at Philips Arena, Kobe Bryant scored 14 points on 19 shots and added five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.