New York City FC overcame Portland Timbers 4-2 in a penalty shootout to claim the club’s first MLS Cup triumph in dramatic fashion.
Alexander Callens fired in the winning spot-kick at Portland’s Providence Park as New York City’s first final in their seven-year history ended in victory. Valentin Castellanos’ 41st-minute header had put New York City ahead. However, Felipe Mora struck in the fifth minute of stoppage-time as 2015 winners Portland forced extra time. With neither side able to find a winner, Sean Johnson made two superb saves to deny Mora and Diego Valeri before Callens held his nerve to seal an historic first title. New York City FC became the 20th Major League Soccer franchise in 2013, after English club Manchester City agreed a partnership with baseball giants the New York Yankees. Since playing their first MLS season in 2015, the club have had well-known European players including former Spain striker David Villa, Italy legend Andrea Pirlo and ex-England midfielder Frank Lampard among its squad.