One week after the Portland Timbers unveiled the 2015 MLS Cup championship banner at Providence Park, Timbers players from the championship campaign got another item to memorialize their victory.
Players received their MLS Champions ring, which was custom-designed by the team managers and Jostens Jewelry, Friday night in a private ceremony at the Portland City Grill.
Gavin Wilkinson, who last week signed a contract extension to keep him as team President, said the group wanted the ring to be symbolic of what the Timbers stand for as an organization.
“The championship rings not only celebrate the achievement of the club winning its first MLS Cup but also the values of the team, with their symbolic design details,” he said in a release.
The ring features a custom –cut green stone with 91 diamonds on the face, the Cascadia flag and MLS Cup on one side and Stand Together logo on a cross section of a log on the other side.
The ring is engraved on the inside with the lettering “12.6.15” and “HISTORY MADE” to celebrate the date of the teams victory over the Columbus Crew SC.
Coach Caleb Porter said the team took great care and consideration into making a lasting item.
“We wanted to represent a championship in the right way, a classy way,” said Porter. “Merritt [Paulson] was really good about not cutting corners and investing in a really nice ring that will cement the championship and be something that we—all of us—can have forever to remind us what we did.”
The Timbers, currently at 1-1, will host Real Salt Lake Saturday at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. with the match airing on Fox 12.
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