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.
• Seattle extended its club record unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3), which is tied for the second-longest in MLS this season. • Sounders FC is now unbeaten in 10 (8-0-2) all-time matches played in front of a crowd of over 40,000, outscoring opponents 21-7. • Seattle is tied-first in the West, and tied-second overall with 1.67 points per game. Seattle has lost just once in its past six outings (4-1-1). • Eddie Johnson scored his sixth goal of the season, ranking second on Sounders FC. Johnson now has four goals in five games against Portland, matching Fredy Montero for the most goals versus the Timbers. Johnson now has six goals and one assist in nine Cascadia Cup matches against Portland and Vancouver.
• Mauro Rosales recorded his team-high sixth assist of the season, including his fourth game-winner. Seattle is now 23-2-7 all-time in MLS when Rosales scores (11) or assists (32). • Sounders FC improved to 3-1-3 versus Portland in MLS play, including an unbeaten record of 2-0-2 at home. The two sides previously drew, 1-1, at CenturyLink Field on March 16. The third and final meeting is October 13 at JELD-WEN Field. • Overall, Seattle is 42-28-11 in 81 all-time meetings against Portland soccer teams, dating back to the North American Soccer League in 1975. • Sounders FC now sits first in the 2013 Cascadia Cup standings: Seattle (2-1-1, 7 pts.), Vancouver (1-1-2, 5 pts.), Portland (0-1-3, 3 pts.) The Timbers are the current-Cup holders after Seattle won in 2011.
• U.S. National Team captain Clint Dempsey made his home debut for Sounders FC.
• Four players in Seattle’s starting lineup were on the original MLS roster in 2009: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Zach Scott. Additionally, starters Leo Gonzalez and Lamar Neagle were on the Sounders FC roster in 2009.
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.