The second half was much more of the same, although the Rapids pushed even less hard. In fact, while the hosts were the better, and particularly more experienced team, they were far from impressive. That said, the Timbers played weak, naive and very predictable.
The most important thing was, however, that the Timbers didn’t give up and kept pushing for a goal. And, in the 80th minute, they and the fans were rewarded with a good goal by who else than striker Cooper, who scored Portland Timbers’ historic first goal in the MLS. Time to party!
Clearly, this report is not about the Colorado Rapids, which I had visited before (see here). It is about the historic first MLS game of my Portland Timbers. It pays tribute to the 500 Timbers Army fans who made it to Denver to support their team, as well as to the many Colorado Rapids fans who made us feel so welcome. Thanks to all for making this historic game a highly memorable one!