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Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em

Sounders 3 – 0 Timbers

Finally the Sounders were able to beat their hated rivals the Portland Timbers on Sunday evening in front of a near record crowd pushing towards 70,000 at the XBOX Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Not only did the Sounders “chop” down the Timbers in a strikingly unapologetic way, but they did so in front of a national crowd as the game was televised on ESPN in prime time.

The I-5 Cascadia Cup rivalry came down to the last meeting of the two, as the Sounders ended up with a 1-1-1 season derby record against Portland.

Two own goals, and a perfect left footed volley undid the Timbers, and their chances of lifting the Cup in front of the Seattle fans.

Seattle moved into third place with the win, thanks in part to the loss by L.A. to Real Salt Lake this weekend.

Love ‘em

Eddie and Freddy

Even though the goals were own goals, (the third goal was credited to Freddy even though it went off of Jack Jewsbury‘s foot) the perfect run by Freddy Montero on the first goal, followed by his tenacity to keep with the play on the third goal really put this game out of reach for Portland.

The goal sandwiched in between was just plain amazing.

Eddie Johnson started a run up the middle of the box at the exact time that Brad Evans whipped a cross into him.

The ball short hopped, but Johnson kept with it, nailing it perfectly out of the air off the hop with his shin. An off footed goal that sent the place into a frenzy.

Freddy Montero and Eddie Johnson led the Sounders to a huge win in the Cascadia Derby match on Sunday (photo mlssoccer.com)

Big Mike

With the second half frenzy in full effect by Portland, Michael Gspurning held his own in net, collecting yet another clean sheet on the year.

None was as important as this one tonight though.

True, the win will not get us any closer to actually reaching San Jose, but to shut out our most hated rivals in front of a sold out crowd, and denying Portland the chance to lift the cup on our soil is huge.

Speaking of huge, Gspurning and his big frame stood as still and proper as one could hope, and kept the shot by Franck Songo’o, the best chance of the game for Portland, out of the net.

Even bigger than that though was the post that kept former Sounder Mike Fucito off of the scoring sheet. Fucito had a perfect shot at net, a three quarter wide open net, but shanked the ball off of the post and out for a Sounders goal kick.

Hate ‘em

Having to rely on Vancouver for the cup

After Sunday nights match, the Sounders did in fact jump to the top of the table in the three team race for the Cascadia Cup.

And now the last day of the season will determine who will win it.

As Sounders fans everywhere will be more invested in a Portland – Vancouver game than they ever have been before.

The only way the Sounders can maintain possession of the cup now is if the Whitecaps defeat the Timbers, as a win or a draw will give Portland the Cup for the first time in the MLS era.

So it will be up to our “friends” to the north to help keep the Cup in Seattle.

A rough little predicament isn’t it.

Next up for the Sounders is Wednesday night matchup with RSL on the 17th of October. That game will be aired on NBC Sports Network.

Unitl next time Sounders fans, Take ‘em all…Watch them fall…

Match highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com


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