Portland Timbers 2, Columbus Crew SC 1 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

In a rematch of December's MLS Cup, the Portland Timbers gave Columbus Crew SC a feeling of déjà vu, once again winning 2-1 but this time at Providence Park on opening day thanks to goals from Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi. Crew SC's lone goal of the match was a memorable one: a must-watch bicycle kick goal from Federico Higuain.

Box Score

  • 23' -- POR -- Diego Valeri
  • 68' -- CLB -- Federico Higuain (Ethan Finlay)
  • 79' -- Fanendo Adi
  • Full box score
  • Stats

Three Things

  1. TIMBERS CELEBRATE MLS CUP IN STYLE: They won the Cup in Columbus, held the parade in Portland then lifted the banner on Sunday at Providence Park after winning in familiar counterattacking fashion: The Timbers' 2-1 victory made it three straight wins by that scoreline against Crew SC. Before the match, the rafters got a new forever friend...
  2. PIPA GETS ON HIS BIKE: Why tell when you can show? Is this the early favorite for AT&T Goal of the Year?
  3. TIMBERS ARMY UPS THE ANTE: They've got MLS Cup and they've also got the tifo game to back it up. Check out how Portland supporters welcomed opening day and a championship celebration.

Next Up

  • POR: Sunday 3/13 at San Jose Earthquakes (7 pm ET, FS1)
  • CLB: Saturday 3/12 vs. Philadelphia Union (7:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE)
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