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MLS Cup Final set as Portland prepare visit to Columbus

We’re down to the wire. After a long and entertaining season, the 2015 MLS Cup Final will crown a new champion as the Columbus Crew will host the Portland Timbers at MAPFRE Stadium next Sunday night.

The Timbers will take part in their first ever MLS Cup Final after beating FC Dallas 5-3 on aggregate to become Western Conference champions last night. They have won more away games than any side in MLS this year and will need one more to lift the title in Ohio.

That won’t be an easy task against a Columbus side that eliminated Supporters’ Shield winners New York Red Bulls 2-1 on aggregate over two legs.

The Crew fell 1-0 in New York last night but were able to edge through, thanks to their outstanding performance in the first leg at home.

Columbus have won their last three home games in total. But their last defeat came against Portland.

The Timbers won 2-1 at MAPFRE Stadium at the end of September in the only meeting between the two this season and that will give the away side confidence as they chase a first ever championship title.

Columbus will be taking part in their second MLS Cup Final after winning the championship against the Red Bulls in 2008.

MAPFRE Stadium will host its second ever final after the 2001 MLS Cup Final between LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes took place in Ohio, with the Quakes lifting the trophy that year.

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