Sounders 1 – 1 Timbers
Another 3 points let slip away by the Sounders on Saturday afternoon in front of a nationally televised audience.
The nation got to see that the Sounders aren’t the only team that can fill the stands with rabid fans. But just wait until the Timbers finally get their chance to hear what 65,000 fans actually sound like in real life.
Sigi Schmid sat out Christian Tiffert and Mauro Rosales, both who weren’t 100%, saving them for the San Jose game coming up next weekend.
A good move I think, especially since the Quakes are the team that we are chasing for the lead in the division.
But what’s the point of saving our best players if we can’t even get the win against the lowly Portland Timbers?
The Cascadia Cup was on the line for this one, and luckily, Bright Dike hit the post on a corner late in the game, saving the Cup dramatics for Seattle on October 7th.
Going after fresh blood
With keeper Donovan Ricketts getting the worst of the Sounders players bumps on the day, he was substituted shortly into the second half.
And with the score level at zero’s, new keeper Joe Bendick was not even allowed to take a breath before Freddy Montero lit him up with a beautiful shot roughly twenty seconds after taking the field.
The quick strike on the keeper was just what the Sounders needed after a pretty rough back and forth match up to that point.
Alonaso’s attempts on net
Knowing the Sounders were not at their best in the midfield today, I really thought that Osvaldo Alonso picked up his game a lot more than usual today.
He had three damn good chances on net, with the third being the most powerful and the only one that was actually on target.
But his long strikes are what keeps the opposition on its back heels, and without the play making talents of Rosales and Tiffert, Alonso did a great job staying in the offensive play.
Brad Evans also picked up his game while playing on the right side for Rosales once again. His hustle was apparent, and had a couple attempts on net, though they were from extremely tough angels that never would have gone in.
Too much emotion
Derby matches are supposed to be filled with emotion, but I think there was a little too much of it for the first 20 minutes from both teams.
Calling it chippy would be an understatement.
The whistle was blowing about every other minute for a while there, and that culminated with a yellow card to Eddie Johnson, who will end up missing the biggest game of the year next week for his 5th yellow on the year.
Portland seemed to use its emotion to help them on the offensive end, all the while frustrating the Sounders defense.
Corner kicks ended up being the downfall of the Sounders, as they were beat by a large margin in the category.
Can’t seal the deal
This seems to be an every other match thing now for the Sounders.
They neither go for the jugular, nor protect the lead.
It happened against San Jose, then against FC Dallas, and now here in Portland.
In all three games the Sounders probably should of lost, as they were outplayed on the offensive end of things, but with the exception of the Quakes match, were able to at least get a point.
It’s the wrong time of year to be conceding late game equalizers and winners.
Next up for the Sounders is league leading San Jose. The game is at home, on Sunday the 23rd, and can be seen on KONG at 7:00 local time.
Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com.