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Seattle Sounders Score Early, Portland Timbers Score Late

Posted on 16 March 2013 by Kyle Alm

As Seattle Sounders and Portland timbers rekindle their decades old rivalry for 2013 there was much anticipation in CenturyLink for Obafemi Martins arrival. As much vitriol and familiarity between Seattle and Portland, both clubs are without key contributors from their past and are somewhat unknown to each other. Portland has undergone the most dramatic changes with a new coach and new style of play that Caleb Porter brought with him from University of Akron.

Sounders were coming off of their historic win on Tuesday over Tigres in the CCL and were looking for their first points after dropping their home opener in MLS to Montreal Impact. Seattle would be the first road match for Portland, who has also lost to Montreal but also managed to get a point against New York Red Bulls in a dramatic 3-3 comeback.

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Both sides were looking for their first win against their biggest rival. The stage was set once again for these old adversaries to take center stage during rivalry weekend.

Sounders were able to score first in the 13th minute after Steve Zakuani was able to capitalize on a Timbers turnover when he took the ball to the left edge of the penalty area and found Eddie Johnson who finished the cross with his right foot on the first touch. Donovan Ricketts was unable to alter the path of the ball and Johnson didn’t have to do much to finish and went and pointed up to the Timbers Army section in the upper bowl of CenturyLink Field.

There were no changes for either side at halftime. The first half was dominated by Sounders in terms of possession, Portland took more shots, but none of were anything that would make Sounders GK Michael Gspurning nervous, he only had one save to make during the entire match. Timbers did hit the crossbar on a Diego Valeri set-piece from distance in the 49th minute, but that was as close as they had come all match.

Obafemi Martins made his debut for Sounders in the 70th minute coming on for Sammy Ochoa, who had not impacted the match positively for Sounders. Martins received a large cheer, got a couple of touches, suffered a couple of fouls, and looked like a player who had never played with his new teammates before. With Martins international duty coming up it will be difficult for Sounders to assimilate their newest player with his teammates, but you can tell that he has the ability to be an impact player on Sounders.

In the 90th minute Rodney Wallace let all of the air out of the building with a free header on a second ball into the box after a corner. Wallace lost Hurtado on his run and was able to keep his header close to the post and away from Gspurning who collected the ball out of his net, slammed it into the turf and continued to express his displeasure at conceding a late goal. Hurtado also was demonstrably upset at Alex Caskey and Osvaldo Alonso, presumably for not getting any pressure on Andrew Baptiste before he crossed the ball in.

Coach Sigi Schmid was disappointed in conceding a late goal, but offered very little in way of explanation other than Wallace did make a long run from the wing which confused the back-line marking. Sounders were lucky that they were able to hold on to a point looking back at the match, Timbers had a good argument for a penalty kick award against Hurtado when he scissor tackled Ryan Johnson in the box. Timbers also had the previously mentioned set piece off the crossbar that would have turned Rodney Wallace’s header into a winner.

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2011 Mock MLS SuperDraft Aggregator: Pre-Combine

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

With the Combine done and over with and all of the discussion surrounding who did well and who didn’t, we all wait for the final pre-Super Draft Mock Drafts to come out. We forgot to put up the Pre-Combine results, however, so here they are. We did them in the same fashion as last year – aggregating the best and most qualified Mock Drafts out there. Take a look below at where your favorite prospect is projected to end up.

Remember that this is PRE-Combine. We’ll try and get a Post-Combine up to see whose stock fell and whose rose before tomorrow’s SuperDraft in Baltimore (where despite the snow, we’ll be…).

Pre-Combine Participants (9 total)

SoccerbyIves.net – Ives Galarcep

Goal.com – J.R. Eskilson

WVHooligan – Drew Epperley

International Sports Network – Derrick Smith

Houston Chronicle – Darrell Lovell

MLSSoccer.com – Simon Borg, Jason Seghini, Travis Clark

ASN Philly – Breton Bonnette, Sam Toma

Aggregated Mock MLS SuperDraft – PreCombine

#1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Darlington Nagbe – F (Akron) [AVG 1.56, 5x#1, 3x#2]

It’s not like last year with Mwanga having signed a pre-Draft agreement that made him the unanimous number one. Nagbe is still the projected #1, by a hair.

#2 Portland Timbers – Perry Kitchen – D (Akron) [AVG 1.78, 4x#1, 3x#2, 2x#3]

#3 D.C. United – Kofi Sarkodie – D (Akron) [AVG 4.78, 6x#4, 1x#2, 1x#12]

#4 Chivas USA – Will Bruin – F (Indiana) [AVG 5.33, 4x#3, 2x#9]

#5 Philadelphia Union – Zarek Valentin – D (Akron) [AVG 6.33, 4x#5, 1x#3, 1x#15]

He probably would have averaged higher but somebody was under the impression Valentin would fall to #15. That skewed his average quite a bit. Still, though, 4 mock drafts saw him heading to Philadelphia.

#6 New England Revolution – Omar Salgado – F (US U-20s) [AVG 7.44, 2x#7, 1x#2, 1x2nd Round]

#7 Houston Dynamo – A.J Soares – D (California) [AVG 8.67, 2x#7, 3x#9, 1x#13]

#8 Vancouver Whitecaps – Jalil Anibaba – D (UNC) [AVG 9.44, 2x#8, 2x#9, 3x#10]

Ives Galarcep’s best performer of the Combine. Should move up in the draft.

#9 Chicago Fire – Corey Hertzog – F (Penn State) [AVG 9.44, 3x#6, 1x#5, 1x2nd Round]

Hertzog should move up after a decent Combine. Surprisingly, however, only 1 mock draft put him as a Philadelphia Union selection.

#10 Sporting Kansas City – Zac MacMath – GK (Maryland [AVG 10.78, 5x#11, 1x#4]

#11 Seattle Sounders – Michael Nanchoff – M (Akron) [AVG 11.00, 3x#12, 2x#8, 1x#14] 

#12 Columbus Crew – Anthony Ampaipitakwong – F (Akron) [AVG 12.78, 2x#12, 1x#11, 1x2nd Round]

#13 New York Red Bulls – Michael Farfan – M (UNC) [AVG 12.89, 2x#13, 1x#6, 2x#15, 1x2nd Round]

#14 Real Salt Lake – Justin Meram – F (Michigan) [AVG 14.44, 3x#15, 1x#6, 2x#17]

#15 San Jose Earthquakes – Joao Plata  – F (Ecuador) [AVG 15.56, 1x#2, 1x#5, 7x2nd Round]

At 5’3″ and with only the Combine footage to go off of, even with a good showing in Florida Plata probably won’t move up much.

#16 Los Angeles Galaxy – Stephen McCarthy – M (UNC) [AVG 15.67, 3x#17, 1x#10, 2x2nd Round]

#17 FC Dallas – Michael Tetteh – D (UCSB) [AVG 15.78, 1x#8, 1x#12, 5x2nd Round]

#18 Colorado Rapids – Ashley McInnes – M (Tulsa) [AVG 17.44, 2x#14, 2x#17, 5x2nd Round]

Post-MLS Combine, there are definitely some names that should be moving up this list and into contention – the most major being the dimunitive Joao Plata who was the Combine’s leading scorer and currently sits at #15 and taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. Surprising fact? A whopping six Akron Zips are projected to go first round. Impressive.

These obviously have nothing to do with team wants or needs but it’s interesting nevertheless.

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