PORTLAND, Ore. – Following the Portland Timbers historic run to their first MLS Cup title, the MLS Cup will be on display for the first time to the public at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Pacific) and Sunday, Dec. 20 from noon – 5 p.m. (Pacific) in the OHS Pavilion.
Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to make a donation to Special Olympics Oregon in honor of the Timbers. Fans will be able to view and take pictures with the cup as well as purchase 2015 MLS Cup Championship merchandise both days.
With a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC on Dec. 6 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, the Timbers became the fourth professional team from Portland to win a league championship, joining the 2013 Portland Thorns FC (National Women’s Soccer League), 1977 Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and 1916 Portland Rosebuds (PCHA – professional hockey).
The MLS Cup trophy is named for soccer visionary Philip F. Anschutz. First introduced in 2008, the trophy inherits select design elements from the previous two trophies, thereby honoring the league’s history while moving forward. The logo on the front of the trophy was updated in 2015 to reflect the league’s new crest.