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Sounders top Timbers 4-2; back atop MLS and Cascadia Cup race

Sounders win it, 4-2.

They move alone to the top of the MLS standings (14-7-3) and Cascadia Cup standings 2-1-2, although Whitecaps (2-0-1) still control their own destiny.

Timbers fall to 7-8-10, with two of those losses and one of those draws to the Sounders.

I'll be back with notes and quotes.

Meanwhile, the stats:

Scoring Summary:SEA- Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin) 17'SEA- Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins) 34'SEA- Chad Barrett (Clint Dempsey) 70'POR- Fanendo Adi (Rodney Wallace) 74'SEA- Obafemi Martins (Gonzalo Pineda) 76'POR- Fanendo Adi (Steve Zakuani) 90+1 Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez, Brad Evans (captain) (Lamar Neagle 78'), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Chad Barrett 63'), Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey (Andy Rose 80') Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Kenny Cooper, Michael Azira, Jalil Anibaba TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Dempsey, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (2 tied at 2); FOULS: 15 (Marshall, 3); OFFSIDE: 1 (Dempsey, 1 ; CORNER KICKS: 3 (Pappa, 1); SAVES: 4 (Frei, 1). Portland Timbers - Donovan Ricketts, Danny O'Rourke, Norberto Paparatto, Liam Ridgewell, Michael Harrington, Will Johnson, Gaston Fernandez (Rodney Wallace 67'), Diego Chara, Valeri, Maximiliano Urruti (Fanendo Adi 71'), Darlington Nagbe (Steve Zakuani 80')

Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Weber, Jack Jewsbury, Pa Modou Kah, Ben Zemanski

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Valeri, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Fernandez, 2); FOULS: 12 (2 tied at 3); OFFSIDE: 5 Wallace, 2); CORNER KICKS: 13 (Valeri, 8); SAVES: 2 (Ricketts, 2). Misconduct Summary:POR- Liam Ridgwell (caution) 23'POR- Norberto Paparatto (caution) 38'SEA- Chad Marshall (caution) 46'SEA- Zach Scott (caution) 53'SEA- Osvaldo Alonso (caution) 61'POR- Maximiliano Urruti (caution) 64' Referee: Baldomero ToledoReferee's Assistants: Kevin Klinger, Mike Rottersman4th Official: Tayler PloegerAttendance: 20,814Weather: Mostly Sunny and 80 Degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

ST: GOAL Timbers. Adi again, from close range again.Seattle, 4-2. About two minutes of stoppage time remaining.

78' Neagle on for Evans. Captain's armband to Dempsey.

76' GOAL Seattle. Oba emerges from scrum into space in the box and beats Ricketts. Seattle, 4-1.

73' GOAL Timbers. Wallace cross to Adi finished from immediately in fron of goal. Seattle, 3-1, and Timbers crowd back into it.

70' GOAL Sounders. Chad Barrett finishes long passing exchange involving Dempsey and Evans and Oba. Seattle, 3-0.

Through 60: Marshall, Soctt and Alonoso all pick up yellows. Fewer great chances, but still very end-to-end game.

Second half: ... as begun. No changes. Timbers attacking to the Timbers Army end.

Halftime: Sounders 2, Timbers 0. Very attacking game, however, and does not feel over. Interesting mix of stats: shots 13-10 POR; on targer 3-3; corners 9-2 POR; duels won 57.8% SEA; possession 57.2% POR.

35' GOAL Seattle. Sounders counter, with Dempsey darting in the box and finishing to right of charging Ricketts. Seattle, 2-0.

34' GOAL Seattle. Dempsey on a breakaway. Sounders, 2-0.

18' GOAL S0unders. Evans crosses to Oba and then gives good long stare into Timbers Army. Seattle, 1-0.

14' Oba to Dempsey, who skims curling shot just off far post and bounces away.

First 13: Scoreless. Both teams pushing forward aggressively. Best chance was Timbers, who put a free kick off the crossbar.

First kick: ...has been struck. Match is under way. Timbers in green/white; SOunders in pitch blacks.

Lineups: For Sounders: GK Frei; D Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; M Evans, Alonso, Pineda, Pappa; F Martins, Dempsey. Reserves: Hahnemann, Rose, Cooper, Barrett, Azira, Neagle, Anibaba.

For Timbers: Ricketts, O'Rourke, Paparatto, Ridgewell, Harrington, Johnson ©, Fernández, Chara, Valeri, Urruti. Reserves: Weber, Jewsbury, Kah, Zakuani, Zemanski, Wallace, Adi.

Pregame: It's a hazy, sunny comfortable morning in Portland about three hours before the Sounders and Timbers first kick at Providence Park.

The game shown on ESPN2 and heard on the usual radio outlets. I'll have updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt, and we'll keep the blog going with updates before, during and after the match.

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