“I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone,” Martinez said. “The coaching staff, the players, the fans, the city because I know it’s been a longtime since they won a championship and I think they deserve it.”
Martinez scored the opening goal in the 39th minute by pouncing on a ball that Portland failed to clear. It was his 35th goal this season, extending his MLS record.
He followed that by assisting Franco Escobar’s goal in the 54th minute with a headed pass to the back post.
Martinez said he felt more than the normal weight in the past few days of trying to win his first title. He said neighbors were planting flags around his house and slipping notes under his door.
“It was a lot of pressure to deal with,” he said. “I want to say thank you to the fans. It’s a great feeling to win this year. Now, I want to celebrate so I’m waiting on you guys to stop asking questions.”
Martinez got his wish when Michael Parkhurst and Brad Guzan, carrying a beer, walked to the podium.
Guzan asked Martinez if he wanted a beer.
Martinez said no.
“I need my champagne,” he said.