Savarese: Referees killed our momentum (0:51)
Project MLS Cup: Atlanta reigns supreme (1:52)
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Rapids send MacMath to Whitecaps for Mezquida

The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired goalkeeper Zac MacMath from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder Nicolas Mezquida and $100,000.

7-year-old Malea Emma's jaw-dropping national anthem (1:57)

Jeff Carlisle U.S. soccer correspondent 

Michael Parkhurst on the tackle that led to Atlanta's first goal: "We had seen a video, and Brad had even told me before the game that a lot of times when [Ebobisse] checks to the ball he likes to go to his right to play the inside of the left foot. I saw that he was shaping up to do that, so I slid to block the pass. Josef did the rest from there. He does what he always does and put it in the back of the net."

Jeff Carlisle U.S. soccer correspondent 

Michael Parkhurst who had been on the losing side of four MLS Cup finals before tonight's win: "I've dreamed of what it felt like to be in the locker room with the champagne. I've heard it before from the other locker room. It was worth the wait. It was special to be in there. I can't wait to party tonight."

Gomez: Atlanta have to bring in a Tata Martino-level coach (1:51)

Jeff Carlisle U.S. soccer correspondent 

Tata Martino (via translator): "If I had to chose a way to leave somewhere, this is the best way."

Parkhurst: Tata Martino's impact is immeasurable (1:17)
Larentowicz: Winning MLS Cup 'a bit of a relief' (1:22)
Atlanta United 2-0 Portland: Martinez & Co. win MLS Cup (1:38)
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Martinez powers Atlanta United to MLS Cup win

Josef Martinez was instrumental as Atlanta United secured the MLS Cup in just its second season on Saturday, defeating the Portland Timbers 2-0.

Twellman's key players to watch at 2018 MLS Cup (2:05)
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Garber: 'No doubt' MLS can expand beyond 28

MLS commissioner Don Garber used his annual State of the League address to raise the possibility that the league could continue to expand.

Can Portland turn Atlanta's passion into nerves? (1:36)
Ale's 'You Know It, You Love It' MLS Awards: Playoff edition (4:54)
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Everything you need to know about MLS Cup

MLS Cup is upon is. Before Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers kick off MLS' marquee event, read all the stats and details from our experts.

Exploding Heads: This is an American hat! (4:08)

MLS Standings

Eastern ConferenceGPWDLGDP
New York Red Bulls342257+2971
Atlanta United FC342167+2669
New York City FC3416810+1456
DC United3414911+1051
Columbus Crew SC3414911-251
Philadelphia Union3415514-150
Montreal Impact3414416-646
New England Revolution34101113-641
Toronto FC3410618-536
Chicago Fire348818-1332
Orlando City SC348422-3128
Western ConferenceGPWDLGDP
Sporting Kansas City341888+2562
Seattle Sounders FC3418511+1559
FC Dallas341699+857
Portland Timbers3415910+654
Real Salt Lake3414713-349
LA Galaxy3413912+248
Vancouver Whitecaps3413813-1347
Houston Dynamo3410816038
Minnesota United FC3411320-2236
Colorado Rapids348719-2731
San Jose Earthquakes344921-2221