PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Though the MLS Cup didn’t go Portland’s way, Timbers fans crowded the streets around Providence Park after the match ended — and they still love the Timbers.
Regardless of the fact NYCFC won the MLS Cup on penalty kicks, fans said they were thrilled to root for the Timbers.
The match was within seconds of ending in regulation when Felipe Mora hit a laser shot into the back of the net to give Portland hope in extra time.
“It was amazing,” Pat Barrett told KOIN 6 News. “They took it to the shootout at the end.”
“This was an amazing opportunity to come out and to see the Timbers play and I might be a big fan now,” said new fan Dallas Roemeling. “Portland fans are amazing fans. It’s incredible what they do.”
Timbers fan Jesus (who didn’t provide his last name) said Portland did what it had to do. “I think we went out and put up a good fight. At the end of the day New York was a little bit better. They were smarter. They played harder. They wanted it more and that’s just how it is right?”
Another fan, Tony, spoke for thousands of others. “Let’s go, Portland Timbers! I will see you next year — and PTFC!”
During the match, some dedicated fans lined up Timbers hang-outs, like Marathon Taverna, waiting in the rain to get in.
Ben Laukkanen was one of them. “We got outvoted and had to come here instead of watching on the couch,” he said.
Another fan, Erik Johnson, was fine with it all. “A little rain never hurt nobody,” he said. “When the Portland Timbers play, the whole city listens.”
Johnson said the loss was disappointing but Portland is still his team.
“I’m here for the Timbers. Loud and proud. Die-hard fan since I was born.”
Many fans said they were excited to attend some pre-game parties, something they hadn’t done since the pandemic hit. And another man said it reminded him of the way Portland was.
Two arrested at game
When NYCFC scored in the 41st minute of the first half, their celebration was marred when one of their players was hit in the head with a can thrown from the stands. The Timbers ejected two men from Providence Park and banned them from games. Portland police arrested Ivan Carrillo, 24, for throwing the can that hit the player, and Eduardo Ramos, 31, for throwing a can on the field. Both charges are misdemeanors.