Timbers Fall In Cascadia Clash
August 25, 2013, 9:00 pm
In front of 67-thousand plus fans at Century Link Stadium, the Seattle Sounders defeat the Portland Timbers 1-0 in a Cascadia Cup clash.
Clint Dempsey's home debut and one of MLS' fiercest rivalries helped create the atmosphere that featured the second largest crowd to ever view a league game.
Portland had opportunities in the opening half to take the raucous crowd out of it early, but the Timbers could not capitalize.
The first look came in the 16th minute on a Timbers fast break opportunity when Sounders GK Michael Gspurning was forced to come out of the box and take the ball off Ryan Johnson's foot.
The next came in the 35th minute when a Diego Valeri shot from the edge of the 18-yard box found the right post.
Despite seemingly outplaying the Sounders in the first half, Portland had nothing to show for it and the two teams went to the half scoreless.
The missed chances would come back to bite the Timbers in the second, when the Sounders finally found the back of the net in the 60th minute off an Eddie Johnson header.
Time would run out on Portland after that goal, with the team unable to find an equalizer, and Seattle would take the 1-0 victory.
The Timbers sit 4th in the Western Conference standings now with 39 points and their record falls to 9-4-12 on the season.
Portland travels to Rio Tinto Stadium next where they face off against Real Salt Lake on Friday.