There was Ghanaian delight in the weekend’s MLS Cup involving Adam Kwarasey’s Portland Timbers and Harrison Afful’s Columbus Crew which Portland won 2-1 in their first-ever title.
The duo’s efforts were par excellence and made some highlight contributions to the game on that day. The Norway-born Ghanaian, Adam Kwarasey used the occasion to reaffirm his love for his motherland as he was seen draped conspicuous in the national flag.
The two teams, having gotten to the finals despite not winning their respective conferences, with the Crew finishing second in the Eastern Conference on 53 points and the Timbers coming third in the Western Conference with the same points tally, set up the atmosphere for an uncompromising game.
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Diego Valeri scored as early 27 seconds only into the game by arriving early to send home a deflection from Crew goalkeeper, Steve Clarke’s clearance into the net.
Crew conceded the second goal from a Rodney Wallace header after 6 minutes and had to fight back to pull one back through a Harrison Afful initiative.
Afful delivered one towards the Timbers’ goal which was connected into goal by Kei Kamara after a goal mouth scramble in the 17 minute.
Tried as they did, Columbus Crew could not get an equaliser which made Timbers win the game on 2-1 to pick up the trophy.
While the Timbers became the third new team to win the MLS Cup, the Crew became the second team in MLS history to lose the cup final at home.
It was when Timbers were celebrating their victory that Kwarasey who earlier on had been bashed by many Ghanaians for refusing Coach Avram Grant’s call up to the national team camp, proudly climbed the podium at the Mapfre stadium in Ohio with his Ghanaian flag and posed for the cameras.