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Watching the 2021 MLS Cup Final Between the Portland Timbers and NYCFC

Almost as good as the moves on the field were the wild-eyed expressions of adulation and despair from NYC fans and the Timbers Army, respectively.

Although Portland Timbers fans may feel crushed by the hard-won outcome of Saturday’s MLS Cup against New York City FC—the city’s first time hosting in franchise history!—it was certainly a wild ride. Almost as good as the moves on the field were the wild-eyed expressions of adulation and despair from NYC fans and the Timbers Army, respectively, as they watched the beat-by-beat battle at bars like the Civic Taproom and the Cheerful Bullpen. Penalty kicks are a hard way to lose a game, but perhaps some vicarious joy can be found in the purehearted champagne tossing that NYC fans indulged in around the 1,500-pound Philip F. Anschutz Trophy replica in Pioneer Courthouse Square.