The 26th edition of MLS Cup will feature New York City FC and the Portland Timbers.
While this will be the first MLS Cup appearance for NYCFC, Portland will be playing in its third MLS Cup. However, this will be the first time that the Timbers will host MLS Cup at Providence Park. Portland won MLS Cup in 2015 against the Crew in Columbus, but were defeated by Atlanta United in MLS Cup 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Timbers, coached by Giovanni Savarese, reached MLS Cup by defeating Minnesota United in Round 1, the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference semifinals and then Real Salt Lake in the conference final. Felipe Mora (11) and Dairon Asprilla (10) were Portland’s leading goal-scorers during the 2021 regular season.
NYCFC, coached by Ronny Deila, reached MLS Cup by defeating Atlanta United in the first round, the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference semifinals and the Philadelphia Union in the conference final. With his 19 goals this season, Valentín “Taty” Castellanos was the league’s Golden Boot winner.
NYCFC will be playing for New York’s first major pro sports championship since the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.
Here’s everything you need to know for MLS Cup 2021:
What time does MLS Cup start?
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at Providence Park in Portland.
What TV channel is MLS Cup on?
The game will be nationally televised on ABC, with Jon Champion (play-by-play) and Taylor Twellman (analysis) on the call. Spanish-language broadcast is available on UniMás and TUDN.