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    Soccer News: The NYCFC MLS Cup is a product of the club’s evolution and resilience

    This was Cascadia unleashed, with all its humid and hazy sound and fury. Rain was pounding Providence Park. The gusts of wind that lashed the renovated stadium proved too much for the big inflatable MLS Cup trophy, which meekly crumbled during the pre-match ceremony on Saturday afternoon. And the crowd was vintage Portland, loud and busy, ready with flags, drums and smoke. Some supporters had slept on the sidewalk to make sure they secured their seats. A long night out of Providence Park is one of many quirky and ingrained football traditions typical of a city and region that have embraced the sport differently, and arguably with more fervor, than any other country.

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