[caption id="attachment_18396" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Timbers Army tifo before kickoff."] [/caption]The first game didn't live up to the hype, but this one very much did: a wild 3-2 Sounders win before a wild sellout crowd in Portland.
All goals came in the second half.
Seattle came from behind twice, both on goals from Fredy Montero. Then they won it when Federal Way's Lamar Neagle made a strong reception of a pass in the penalty area and was dumped, drawing a PK. Osvaldo Alonso nailed the PK. Seattle, then playing with a man advantage, held on from there ... nearly getting another goal from Montero along the way.
Kasey Keller's overview:
You come back twice and then you take the lead. That shows you what’s going on with this team right now. It’s a team effort and the team’s putting in the effort and we’re getting the rewards for it. Especially when you go down with a unlucky as we had on two occasions. I think at different times in the last two years the team might have folded. And that’s not the case right now. The case is the team knows that we’re capable of coming back in any kind of situation and get results out of it.
Just a great team effort, and obviously there’s a lot of happy Sounders fans making the 180-mile trip. That’s the most important thig for us. Not to mention the rivalry and all of that stuff, take that out of the equation, but if our ultimate goal is to win something this year, that’s a big three points. LA keeps winning, Dallas lost, but Salt Lake is right behind us. You’ve got to keep winning if you want to win stuff.
The win gives the season series to the Sounders, 1-0-1, and moved Seattle to 1-0-2 in the Cascade Cup competiton.
On the season, Seattle moves to 9-4-8, and Portland falls to 5-9-3.
I'll have more quotes in new posts above. Meanwhile, the stats:
Scoring Summary: POR - Jeff Parke (own goal) 46SEA - Fredy Montero (unassisted) 57POR - Jorge Perlaza (Chara) 69SEA - Fredy Montero (Rosales) 74SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (unassisted) 83
Portland Timbers - Troy Perkins, Steve Purdy, Eric Brunner, Mamadou Danso, Rodney Wallace, James Marcelin, Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Darlington Nagbe (Sal Zizzo 64), Kalif Alhassan, Jorge Perlaza (Kenny Cooper 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Adin Brown, Kevin Goldthwaite, Jeremy Hall, Adam Moffat, Eddie Johnson
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4.
Seattle Sounders FC - Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Patrick Ianni 56), Jeff Parke, Tyson Wahl, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez (Lamar Neagle 66), Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero (Pat Noonan 89), Roger Levesque
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Servando Carrasco, Nate Jaqua
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2.
Misconduct Summary:POR - James Marcelin (caution, Reckless Foul) 56SEA - Fredy Montero (caution, Excessive Celebration) 58SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution, Reckless Foul) 63SEA - Mauro Rosales (caution, Dissent) 78POR - Eric Brunner (Red Card, Reckless Foul) 81
Referee: Jorge GonzalezReferee's Assistants: Gregory Barkey, James Conlee4th Official: Allen ChapmanAttendance: 18,627Weather: Sunny and 70 degrees
83rd minute: GOAL. Sounders go up 3-2, as Neagle draws a PK when dumped in the box after a nice lofted pass from Alonso. Alonso then hits the PK, low to the right corner. Portland playing a man down.
Attendance:18,627, a sellout.
74th minute: GOAL Seattle. Neagle to Rosales to Montero combination evens it at 2-2.
70th minute: GOAL Portland. Another own goal ... this time off Tyson Wahl, who was beaten to the corner again, this time by Jorge Perlaza. Portland, 2-1.
66th minute: Neagle in for Fernandez.
57th minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero on goal kick to low near post from 25 yards.
56th minute: Ianni in for Hurtado, who suffered a right knee injury, but is walking off.
46th minute: GOAL Portland. Ruled an own-goal off Jeff Parke. However, set up by Kalif Alhassan's long run, beating Tyson Wahl.
Second half: ... has begun. No lineup changes.
Keller an all-star: Sounders keeper Kasey Keller has been named to the MLS First 11 all-star team. So was Portland's Jack Jewsbury.
Halftime: Several good chances from Sounders. But scoreless at the half.
Seattle nine shots to Portland's seven, two on goal to Portland's one; four fouls each, Portland four corners to Seattle's two. No offsides.
20 minutes in: No goals, no great chances, no real flow.
Kickoff: We're under way. After a less-than-jaw-dropping tifo from Timbers Army. It read: PTFC -- King of clubs. And included a drawing a big king of clubs playing card. Then they added "Quality over Quantity" ... which seems sort of like officially waving the white flag on the whole idea of topping Emerald City Supporters.
Kits: Sounders will be wearing their electricity alternates, along with a black armband in honor of Mark Peterson, a former NASL Sounder from Tacoma who died last week at age 51. Timbers will wearing the usual home green/white.
Lineups: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Hurtado, Wahl; M Rosales, Alonso, Friberg, Fernandez; F Levesque, Montero. Reserves: Boss, Ianni, Scott, Carrasco, Neagle, Jaqua, Noonan.
For Portland: GK Perkins; D Purdy, Brunner, Danso, Wallace; M Marcelin, Chara, Jewsbury, Nagbe; F Alhassan, Perlaza. Reserves: Brown, Goldthwaite, Hall, Moffat, Zizzo, Cooper, Johnson.
95 minutes till kickoff: The Sounders have arrive, walking from bus to dressing room ... and been noticed by Timbers Army, who greet them with chant. Amazing noise for how relatively few folks are in the stadium right now. That end zone roof just amplifies sound like crazy.
105 minutes till kickoff: Timbers Army has been allowed in -- chanting USA!, USA! as they go. And now the Sounders supporters are coming in chanting.
Pregame: It's a beautiful day in Portland for a big soccer derby between Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers. Kickoff is 1 p.m. and the game will be on ESPN and the usual radio outlets.
We'll keep this blog post open all day for pregame, in-game and postgame reports, and your comments. We'll all be filing short notes and snarky asides on Twitter @donruiztnt.