We hope you cleared your calendar and situated yourself on your couch in time for kickoff of the 2015 MLS Cup final, because if you didn’t, you missed a whole lot of action early on in Sunday’s final between Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers.
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Diego Valeri put the visitors from Portland ahead after 27 seconds (fastest in MLS Cup history – WATCH HERE), when Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark made the howler to end all howlers inside his own penalty area. Valeri pounced and made him pay.
The Timbers took a 2-0 lead through Rodney Wallace six minutes later, though the entire build-up to the goal should have never taken place, thus the goal never should have been scored.
That’s a shocking missed call by the assistant referee, who was positioned very well and not that far from the ball when it so clearly crossed the line and went out of play. Darlington Nagbe picked up the ball immediately thereafter, weaved his way through midfield, played it out wide Lucas Melano and he crossed for Wallace at the back post, where he headed past Clark.
Crew SC pulled one back not long after that, though, through — who else? — Kei Kamara, scorer of 22 goals during the regular season and three more in the MLS Cup Playoffs en route to Sunday’s final. This is far from textbook goalkeeping by Adam Kwarasey, but goals count all the same.