Portland shows off to nation

Outstanding tourney ends with title trophy
Staff Report

The Portland Timbers closed out a great month of matches with a dominating performance Tuesday, scoring a 2-1 victory over Orlando City in the finale of the MLS is Back Cup.

Defenders Larrys Mabiala and Dario Zuparic scored off set plays to power the Timbers to victory at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, which played out minus fans during it's month-long run. Portland won five of its seven matches in regulation and scored twice in six of the seven.

Twenty four of the league's 26 teams participated in the tournament, which began with six groups of four teams playing three matches each.

Portland placed four players on the all-tournament team.

The Timbers scored in the 30th minute when Mabiala headed home a free kick from Diego Valeri, a score that countered much of the first half's domination by Orlando City.

The Lions rallied just before halftime with Mauricio Pereyra redirected home a cross from Nani past Portland keeper Steve Clark.

Portland dominated much of the second half possession and scored the winning goal off another set play with Zaparic redirecting a frantic cross midway through the second half. Orlando City did not mount a serious scoring threat through the remainder of the match.

 

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