Sounders down Timbers 3-2 in MLS rivalry match
Fredy Montero scored two goals and Osvaldo Alonso added the game
winner on a penalty kick to give the Seattle Sounders FC a 3-2
victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday in the second match
between the two Major League Soccer rivals.
The teams played to a 1-1 draw at Qwest Field back in May when
they met in the season’s first game of the so-called Cascadia Cup
The Sounders (9-4-8) are undefeated in eight straight matches.
They were coming off a scoreless draw against the Los Angeles
Galaxy last Monday.
Down twice in the heated match, the Sounders hung on until
Alonso’s penalty kick in the 83rd minute.
“This was as exciting an atmosphere as I’ve played in Portland,”
veteran Seattle forward Roger Levesque said. “With the game going
as it did with us going down a goal and then getting it back, then
going down again and fighting back, it just kept building and
creating that drama and the good guys come out in the end.”
The Timbers (5-9-3) are winless in seven straight games. After a
scoreless first half, Portland went ahead early in the second on an
own goal and added another from Jorge Perlaza.
“I think offensively we played well,” Timbers coach John Spencer
said. “Defensively we let ourselves down as a team.”
The fan-created Cascadia Cup is contested by the three MLS clubs
in the Pacific Northwest, the Sounders, Timbers, and the Vancouver
The opening match between the teams back in May was played in a
constant, driving rain, but opened with a spectacular fan display,
known in soccer as a tifo, made of banners that nearly shrouded an
entire end of Qwest Field.
Sunday’s match, in contrast, was played under sunny skies. Not
to be outdone, the Timbers Army supporters group created a
spectacular tifo that stretched from the field to the top of
Jeld-Wen Field that proclaimed Portland the “King of Clubs.”
A sellout crowd of 18,627 attended the match.
Portland has embraced the Timbers’ leap to MLS this year, but
there was added excitement for the match against the Sounders. Even
the city’s iconic Voodoo Doughnuts got into the spirit of the
rivalry, creating a special Sounders voodoo doughnut that squirted
red jelly when stabbed with a pretzel.
The Timbers allotted 500 tickets for Sounders’ fans, many of
whom are aligned with the Emerald City Supporters group. They were
relegated to the southern corner of Jeld-Wen Field, but they
represented well in the hostile environment.
“The fans are amazing. They come here from Seattle and support,”
Montero said. “We were down, we kept playing hard, we tied the game
two times and fortunately for us that penalty kick for Ozzie, and
we win. “
The Sounders had the first two real chances in the early going.
In the 27th minute, Mauro Rosales missed an opportunity to pass to
Montero who was cutting back in front of Portland goalkeeper Troy
A minute later, Montero’s kick from the top of the box went just
left of the post – and Perkins’ outstretched arms.
Portland thwarted a breakaway by Levesque in the 32nd
Levesque is roundly disliked by Portland fans. They hold a
grudge for a perceived cheap hit on a Portland player in 2004 when
both teams played in the USL, and remain bitter about his goal just
48 seconds into a U.S. Open Cup match against the Timbers in 2009.
In celebration, Levesque mocked Portland by pretending to be a tree
chopped down by a teammate.
But despite Seattle’s best efforts, it was the Timbers who
ultimately went ahead first on an own goal. Kalif Alhassan fed to
Perlaza in front of the net and the ball deflected off Seattle
defender Jeff Park and past Kasey Keller.
The Sounders evened it in the 57th minute on Montero’s free kick
after a hard tackle by Portland midfielder James Marcelin. Montero
doffed his jersey after the goal, which sailed untouched over the
line of defenders and out of reach by Perkins.
Portland went up 2-1 when Diego Chara perfectly fed Perlaza for
an angled goal from inside the box in the 69th minute. The
celebration was short-lived when Rosales centered the ball to
Montero, who beat Perkins in the 74th minute.
Alonso’s penalty kick came in the 83rd minute after Portland
defender Eric Brunner was handed a red card for tackling in the
“Disappointed,” Brunner said. “I felt like I let the team down.
Giving up a penalty kick for a game-winning goal, it’s not a good
The Sounders wore black arm bands during the match in honor of
former player Mark Peterson, who died on Thursday.
Portland captain Jack Jewsbury was selected to the MLS All-Star
First XI, the group voted into line for the MLS All-Star Game
against Manchester United on July 27. But the honor, announced at
halftime Sunday, was bittersweet because of the loss.
“At the end of the day we have to pick our heads up,” Jewsbury
said. “It’s halfway through the season. There’s a lot of games left
and a lot of points to get.”
The intense rivalry between the Sounders and Timbers was born in
the mid-70s, when both teams were part of the old North American
The Cascadia Cup was introduced in 2004 when all three teams
were part of the United Soccer Leagues First Division. Fans pooled
their money to buy the 2-foot tall trophy, which goes to the team
that finishes with the best record in head-to-head matches between
the trio, based on a points system.
The rivalry took on greater significance this season when both
Vancouver and Portland joined MLS as expansion teams.
The Sounders also played the Vancouver Whitecaps earlier this
season, playing to a 2-all draw.