New York Metropolis FC made historical past on Saturday after defeating the Portland Timbers 4-2 on penalties to raise their first ever Main League Soccer Cup.
A primary-half aim by Golden Boot winner Taty Castellanos earned the visiting facet the lead earlier than Felipe Mora scored the equalizer within the 94th minute to ship the sport into time beyond regulation. After 120+ minutes of play, their destiny was determined by penalties.
It was the second time NYCFC confronted penalties through the 2021 postseason after defeating the New England Revolution 5-3 to succeed in the convention semifinal.
However Goalkeeper Sean Johnson was ready.
“I believe in these moments, you kinda must reside within the second. You by no means know what, what feelings, what state of affairs will pop up. However in the end, it is nearly being current,” Johnson admitted solely to 90min on Thursday earlier than the match.
“And you recognize, extra so than something, you take a look at that PK shootout in New England, and our gamers stepped up in a really assured method and transformed. I believe that is an excellent instance of each participant stepping up at completely different factors within the season and/or completely different factors of the video games in playoffs as a result of all people’s had a component to play in it. And that is sort of the great thing about, of our workforce and the household that now we have.”
Johnson rose as much as the event on Saturday, gorgeous followers after saving Felipe Mora’s penalty to realize the benefit. Timbers participant Diego Valeri then stepped as much as the spot, sending the ball low for the NYCFC captain to as soon as once more save.
Johnson grew to become the MLS Cup hero. As New York Metropolis FC celebrated, the reward began pouring in for Johnson.
“Our entire workforce simply feels so assured going into shootouts,” James Sands mentioned. “We’ve got been in that and he’s at all times going to make the play, he’s at all times going to an enormous save. In large moments he’s simply clutch. We felt assured going into the penalties. Sean’s an enormous purpose why we made it this far within the season.”
Head coach Ronny Deila added: “For me, he’s the massive, large winner. He wins us this sport in the long run. The best way he speaks to the workforce, the best way he goes in entrance each day in coaching and brings folks collectively and likewise when the massive moments are coming, how he stands out time after time, he is a winner, an actual winner and a pacesetter. He’s a captain the entire membership needs to be actually happy with.”
For the primary time ever New York Metropolis celebrated the league trophy, a second Johnson described as “unbelievable”.
“It feels unbelievable to have the ability to name ourselves champions,” Johnson mentioned after the match. That is what we reside for, these moments. To be the MVP of the [MLS Cup Final], it means the entire world, but it surely means a lot extra to raise a cup for this membership.”