The largest crowd ever to watch a soccer match in the Pacific Northwest was on hand a CenturyLink Field on Sunday.
The crowd of 67,385 watched Seattle Sounders FC edges the Portland Timbers 1-0.
The result moved Seattle to 11-8-4 and to the top of the Cascadia Cup standings at 2-1-1. Portland dropped to 9-4-12, still the fewest losses in the league, and remains at the bottom of the Cascadia Cup race at 0-1-3 behind Seattle and 1-1-2 Vancouver.
Some postgame notes from the club:
• Tonight’s attendance is 67,385. This is the largest-ever for a soccer game in Seattle. It also marks the second-largest attendance in MLS history for a standalone match, and the third-largest worldwide this weekend.
Attendance: 67,385. Largest ever for soccer game in Pacific Northwest and second-largest for MLS stand-alone match. Third-largest in the world this weekend.
60' GOAL Sounders. Eddie Johnson header after Mauro Rosales free kick ... earned by Johnson getting knocked down. Seattle, 1-0.
Second half: ... has begun. No lineup changes.
Timbers have scored 25 second-half goals this season, including MLS-high 11 in the first 15 minutes after halftime. Seattle and Portland each have conceded 11 second-half goals -- tied for fewest in MLS.
Halftime: Lots of chances, end to end. Doesn't feel like a 0-0 game, but that's what it is. For now.
Shots 5-5; on target 0-0; corners 4-1 PORT; possession 53.7% SEA
35th minute: Portland counters have been dangerous. Valeri just knocked one off woodwork.
First 30: Sounders getting chances. Pushing forward regularly. Dempsey, Johnson, Neagle clicking interestingly at times. Still scoreless.
First 15 minutes: Both teams have had chances -- the best from the Timbers on a Ryan Johnson breakaway that Gspurning came out to solve. Scoreless.
First kick: We're under way, following an amazingly huge tifo in the South End.
Sounders in rave/blue; Timbers in red/white.
Lineups:Sounders starters: Gspurning; D Yedlin, Scott, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Evans, Alonso, Joseph, Neagle; F Dempsey, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Burch, Carrasco, Ianni, Rosales, Traore, Zavaleta. The main missing name: Obafemi Martins.
For Portland: Ricketts; D Powell, Kah, Jean-Baptiste, Harrington; M Jewsbury, Alhassan, Valeri, Wallace; F Nagbe, Johnson. Reserves: Kocic, Evans, McKenzie, Miller, Valencia, Zemanski, Zizzo.
Pregame: Timbers supporters file into upper northeast corner of CenturyLink about two hours before first kick.[/caption]It's unusually crowded around the stadium area two hours before first kick, as late-leavers of Mariners game are mixing with early-arrivers for Sounders. There's also a misty drizzle.
The basics: first kick 7 p.m. Game telecast on ESPN2 and heard on usual radio outlets. We'll keep this blog open all evening, and will tweet @donruiztnt.