December 10, 2015

Wyden, Portman Settle MLS Cup Bet

Impact of Portland Timbers’ win over Columbus Crew Continues to “Resonate”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, today settled their friendly wager on the Major League Soccer Cup result with a six-pack of Columbus Brewing Company’s Winter Warmer changing hands.

The Portland Timbers’ victory Sunday over the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup also meant Wyden got to keep the six-pack of the Widmer Brothers’ Timbers’ Hefe he had put up on the Timbers.

“Since there’s no pity in the Rose City, I am thrilled on behalf of Timbers supporters everywhere to accept Senator Portman’s gracious acknowledgment of Portland’s status as Soccer City USA,” Wyden said. “The Timbers Army and all of the team’s fans can take huge pride in the MLS Cup and all that the Timbers do every day to make Portland and Oregon a better community.”

“Senator Wyden wins this time around. After having to don Ohio State apparel after the Buckeyes’ victory over the Oregon Ducks in the college football championship last season, the Oregon Senator has redeemed himself. Congratulations to the Portland Timbers on winning the MLS Cup,” Portman said. “I am proud of the incredible season that Columbus Crew SC had and I look forward to seeing them in next year’s MLS Cup. I was glad to hold up my side of the bargain and present my friend Senator Wyden with a six-pack of the Columbus Brewing Company’s Winter Warmer. Until next time!”

Photos from the exchange can be found here.