The Portland Timbers ended Orlando City Soccer Club’s Cinderella story Tuesday night at Walt Disney World.
The Timbers won the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports by a score of 2-1.
The Timbers, who spent 39 days in the MLS bubble and remained on West Coast time, hugged and danced after the final whistle. They raised the silver trophy while hooting and hollering. But the lasting image will be players and coaches waving at a camera and reaching hundreds back home.
Magic Kingdom illuminated Cinderella Castle with both teams’ colors on the night of the tournament’s final match.
It ended a wild month for the MLS, which managed to play 51 matches in 45 days at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.
Players, coaches and support personnel were tested regularly inside the MLS bubble. The league reported just two positives out of nearly 35,000 tests following the initial setbacks that threatened to derail a tournament that came with a $1.1 million purse.