Timbers leave for Atlanta with MLS championship as goal

The Portland Timbers board a charter flight at Portland International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 to fly to Atlanta. There, they'll play Atlanta-United for the MLS championship Saturday. (KATU Photo)

The Portland Timbers are three days away from the MLS Cup Final this Saturday in Atlanta.

They will take on Atlanta-United for the MLS championship. The team left Portland International Airport on Wednesday afternoon for Atlanta.

The Timbers arrived at the airport on a pair of team buses.

It was a beautiful but windy day at the airport when the team boarded a charter flight for Atlanta.

The Timbers are excited and ready for a great game.

“I’m buzzing. I think everyone is,” said Defender Zarek Valentin. “We’ve had a good week of training. It’s now just a matter of going there and taking care of all the little details.”

“We know what we’re capable of. We believe in ourselves. We know our path, and the most important part is that we are united to accomplish something big,” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese.

It’s been a long journey that started with training camp in late January.

The Timbers have had a dream run in the playoffs winning in Dallas, Seattle and Kansas City.

Now, there is one game left for the league championship.

The game is at the Mercedes-Benz Dome at 5 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday.

KATU is sending Sports Director Joe Becker and Ace Sports Photographer Brian Warner to cover the game.

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