Timbers Top The Table
In front of a charged JELD-WEN Field crowd, the Timbers claim a 1-0 over the visiting Sounders to propel them atop the Western Conference standings with only two regular season games left.
Not a good weekend for Washington sports. After Washington and Washington State lose on Saturday to Oregon and Oregon, respectively, the Timbers continue the Beaver State dominance by defeating the rival Sounders.
Seattle threatened first in this one, having multiple early looks, including one that ricocheted off the crossbar. But the Sounders would be unable to find the back of the net, thanks in part to some superb goalkeeping by Donovan Ricketts.
The lone goal in the game would come in the 45th minute, courtest of Kalif Alhassan, who pocketed a shot into the bottom-left corner of the net past a diving Marcus Hahnemann.
Things got chippy in the in the second half when a straight red was given to Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso for an elbow to the face of Will Johnson during a dead ball.
Down a man, Seattle tried to mount one last attack and nearly succeeded in added time, but once again Ricketts and the crossbar kept the Sounders off the scoreboard.
Portland defense holds steady
Alhassan's goal would prove to be the difference maker, and Portland held on to defeat the Sounders 1-0.
The Timbers improve to 13-5-14, good enough for 53 points and the top spot in the Western Conference.