NYCFC DEFEATS PORTLAND TIMBERS 4-2, IN PENALTY SHOOT-OUT AND WINS ITS FIRST EVER MLS CHAMPIONSHIP CUP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY...!
PORTLAND, OREGON (SMI-SPORTS, 12.11.21)-2021 MLS Golden Boot winner " Taty Castellanos" scored two goals, goalkeeper Sean Jonson saved two penalty kicks and defender Alexander Callens scored the winning goal, as NYCFC defeats the Portland Timbers 4-2, in penalty-Shoot-Out in the 2021 MLS Championship final game to claim its first ever MLS Crown in Club history at Providence Park, in Oregon, Portland.
A historic day for the soccer sport in New York, as The Boys in Blue became the first NYC team to win a MLS championship title and did it within a seven years span since 2015 when they began playing in the MLS.
The game started with loud sold-out crowd rooting for the home team but New York overcame the cheers by controlling the ball in the first half with effective counter-attacks and creating numerous dangerous opportunities of goal at the Timbers' goal defended by Steve Clark.
NYCFC striker and 2021 MLS Golden Boot winner " Taty Castellanos " opened the score at 41' minute during a 25-yards free-kick center-pass to the back-post inside the 18' from Maxi Morales, finding Castellanos who headed down over leftside of Porland's goalkeeper Steve Clark that ended into the back of the net for his third goal of 2021 MLS playoffs and 22 overall in the season to put the Cityzens in front 1-0, over Portland at the half.
With the game winding down and 20' seconds left into the game , Timber's striker Felipe Mora scored the equalizer at 90+4" during stoppage-time to end the regulation game in dramatic fashion and send the game into two-15-minutes over time period.
In the two overtime period both teams played very cautious without any mayor danger sending the game to penalty-kicks where NYC FC's goalkeeper Sean Johnson played hero by stopping two penalty shots and defender Alexander Callens scoring the winning goal to defeat Portland 4-2, and crowned themselves the new 2021 MLS Cup champions.
Article Written & Photo By Marcello Cutti Jr.