Before the MLS is Back Tournament began in July, oddsmakers found common ground in dismissing the chances of both Orlando City and the Portland Timbers.
Across the spectrum of pre-tournament picks, the two clubs were universally seen as long shots at best. One online betting site had Orlando listed as a 50-to-1 shot to win the tournament. Portland was ranked no better than 20-to-1, well outside of the top ten.
Yet after nearly a month of games, Orlando and Portland are the only two teams remaining, and will face off in the final on Tuesday, Aug. 11. It’s a matchup that’s both thoroughly fitting and unexpected.