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 By Jason Davis

How Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers reached MLS Cup

Relive best moments from the Conference final second legs as Portland and Columbus booked their spots in the MLS Cup final.

This is the MLS Cup final the soccer gods have given us in this, the 20th season: Columbus Crew SC hosting the Portland Timbers. While each team earned their way to the title game, the story of their arrival in the season finale with a trophy on the line is dripping with fate.

Both teams can thank posts for saving them from early playoff exits. Portland advanced to the MLS Cup final having squeaked by Sporting Kansas City way back in the Western Conference knockout round, in a game decided by a...

 By Nick Miller

Premier League's lack of quality means more excitement this season

Anthony RIchardson brings you the best (and worst) of an eventful weekend in the Prem.

Tottenham vs. Chelsea on Sunday seemed like it might be the biggest and most interesting game of the season. Tottenham, a relative upstart in fine form and with plenty backing them for an unlikely title bid, against Chelsea, reigning champions who have suffered a calamitous start, but who had shown some signs of life in their previous couple of fixtures. Expectation was high.

But, as is so often the case when hopes are raised, disappointment followed. The first-half was by no means dull, erring...

Arsene Wenger set for scrutiny following Arsenal's latest injury crisis

The ESPN FC crew discuss how Arsenal's latest round of injuries might impact their Premier League title chances.

Arsenal's latest setback at Norwich has left some of their fans questioning whether the navy third kit they wore during their 1-1 draw at Carrow Road might be cursed. Not only did the Gunners fail to win, but they also lost a further three first-team players to injury.

Arsene Wenger is a man of logic and reasoning, but even he must be contemplating the possibility of supernatural influence. Arsenal's inescapable injury hoodoo shows no signs of slowing.

The truth is that the club's injury problems...

Lionel Messi to win Ballon d'Or, but does Ronaldo deserve his place?

FIFA officially release the three footballers in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015.

The three-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or has been announced with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Neymar.

While Messi is likely to walk away with the prize, Ronaldo's place in the final three is more on reputation that anything he's achieved, and he may even lose out to Neymar in the final vote. In truth, Luis Suarez probably deserves a place on the podium more.

Here ESPN FC looks at the three players in with a chance of being named "best in the world," as well as three...

Columbus Crew SC saving their celebrating for MLS Cup

Columbus will be facing Portland in the MLS Cup Final after surviving a scary last few minutes against the NY Red Bulls.
The ESPN FC panel react to Columbus Crew's victory over the NY Red Bulls to reach the MLS Cup Final.

HARRISON, N.J. -- Based solely on their facial expressions following Sunday's decisive second-leg match in the Eastern Conference championship, one might have thought it was the New York Red Bulls -- not Columbus Crew SC -- that had advanced to next week's MLS Cup final in Ohio's capital city.

Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch smiled broadly as he stepped behind the podium, although it did little to mask the pain of the 2-1 aggregate defeat as he talked, accurately, about the unqualified success his...

 By Terry Daley

Pressure piled on Rudi Garcia as Roma enter another midseason slump

The ESPN FC panel talk Serie A and give their predictions for who they think will win the league.

The worm has turned once again for Roma coach Rudi Garcia following his side's disastrous 2-0 home defeat to Atalanta. The Rome edition of Monday morning's Corriere dello Sport has taken a typically restrained line to the loss, splashing its front page with "Roma needs Ancelotti".

The sports daily has decided that Garcia will be gone if Roma don't beat Torino on Saturday and BATE Borisov in the Champions League the following Wednesday -- they'll likely only need a draw to qualify for the knockout...