Original Free Kick: Portland Timbers Diego Valeri, Giovanni Savarese pre-MLS Cup presser 12.6.18 #mlscup #sportsinquirer #rctid #atlutd

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Portland Timbers’ captain Diego Valeri and manager Giovanni Savarese on MLS Cup Media Day on Dec. 6. The two men discuss the matchup against Atlanta United, reaching the MLS Cup through adversity, potentially facing a hostile atmosphere, potential formation alignment for the contest and the South American impact on MLS.

Portland Timbers Pre-MLS Cup presser Diego Valeri, Giovanni Savarese 12.6.18
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Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Michael Parkhurst pre-MLS Cup presser 12.4.18 #sportsinquirer #atlutd #atlantaunited #mlscup

Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst plays ball in contest
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United defender and captain Michael Parkhurst before the team’s practice on Dec. 4. Topics included the team’s preparations for the MLS Cup against the Portland Timbers on Dec. 8, Parkhurst’s extensive experience in the MLS Cup, playing alongside teammates Miguel Almiron, Jeff Larentowicz and Josef Martinez as well as under the guidance of manager Tata Martino.

Atlanta United player Michael Parkhurst speaks with media on Dec. 4, 2018 ahead of MLS Cup 

Original Free Kick: Atlanta United Kevin Kratz pre-MLS Cup presser 12.4.18 #sportsinquirer #atlutd #atlantaunited #mlscup

Atlanta United entrance ahead of home contest against Montreal Impact
Photo credit: Atlanta United Communications (Karl L. Moore)

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Atlanta United midfielder Kevin Kratz before the team’s practice on Dec. 4. Topics included the team’s preparations for the MLS Cup against the Portland Timbers on Dec. 8, Kratz’s experiences in cup competitions, playing alongside teammates Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez, receiving support from the Atlanta community and playing for manager Tata Martino.

Atlanta United player Kevin Kratz speaks with media ahead of MLS Cup on Dec. 4, 2018