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Quick and Payneless – 2 losses in 2 for Canadian MLS teams

Posted on 08 September 2013 by Scott Ferguson

Two of the three Canadian MLS teams were in action away from home on Saturday, but neither could take anything from their respective road trips. Vancouver’s playoff hopes are looking like a distant memory after a 3-1 collapse in Dallas, while Toronto fell 2-0 at Portland Timbers in the first game of the post-Kevin Payne era.

In Dallas, Vancouver took an early lead through Daigo Kobayashi, who was excelling in an attacking midfield role that had finally been tailored for him. Dallas came back through Jevaugh Watson’s long-range strike before half-time, and late in the game Mauro Diaz’s volley looked to have sealed it after some work from Eric Hassli in the build-up. While each of Dallas’ were highlight-reel goals, some fans might be questioning goalkeeper David Ousted on all three.

The goal of the night was to come, though, when Jair Benítez scored a 50-yard wonder strike that hit the top corner. Take a look for yourself:

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Both Vancouver and Portland are part of seven or eight teams in the Western Conference with a realistic shot at the five playoff places, which meant Toronto could do their Canadian cousins a favour with a point or three at Jeld-Wen Field later on.

The Timbers started stronger, though, and Khalif Alhassan took advantage of a short clearance after a Timbers set-piece to make it 1-0 before half-time. Toronto skipper Steven Caldwell as all over the defensive third as usual, and not for the first time this season he was dangerously close to conceding a penalty after blocking a shot with his hand.

If Caldwell is a model of experience for the Reds, it’s much-needed, as it was miscontrol from defensive partner Gale Agbossoumonde that led to Portland’s second goal. Rodney Wallace was able to run clear and finish past ex-teammate Joe Bendik – the goalkeeper was traded for his opposing number tonight, Miloš Koci?, in the off-season.

The next scorer was born in Toronto, but it wasn’t a good thing for the Reds. It was Portland captain Will Johnson who smashed home to make it 3-0.

Diego Valeri finished it off with a tap-in in stoppage time to make it four and pad the team’s goal differential as they climb into the playoff spots.

One man who was conspicuously absent for Toronto was new signing Maximiliano Urruti – with nothing left to play for this season, there has to be a reason for not bedding in the new man for 2014, whether he’s completely match-fit or not. Head coach Ryan Nelsen has been assured that he won’t be part of the culls at BMO Field in 2013, but Urruti may be the key to closing out the season with some respectability – and impressing Nelsen’s new bosses, whoever they might end up being.

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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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Sounders Own (Goal) Timbers

Posted on 08 October 2012 by Kyle Alm

Seattle and Portland had the honor of closing the MLS weekend in Seattle in front of ESPN’s cameras and 66,000 fans. It doesn’t matter if Portland’s season is effectively over, they lead the Cascadia Cup coming into tonight’s match and a win against Seattle will always cover up few of this season’s shortcomings. Sounders would be faced with the possibility of slipping to 4th in the Western Conference and facing Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, & LA Galaxy to finish the MLS, not to mention a CONCACAF Champions League match.

The recently retired Roger Levesque was awarded a Golden Scarf from the Seattle Sounders. Levesque as a player was a constant thorn in the side of the Portland Timbers from when the Sounders played in the USL. His goal against Portland in the 2009 US Open Cup is still the fastest at 48 seconds, forever immortalized in TIFO. Levesque was given a microphone and announced the Sounders lineup to the delight of the 66,452 fans minus 1,500 of the Timbers Army.

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There was a furious start to the match, both sides were up, and there were a few physical challenges between players. One challenge by Lovel Palmer, sent Christian Tiffert sprawling into the sponsor boards. Tiffert had something to say when he got up and referee Jair Marrufo had something to say back to the German, probably along the lines of “my job”, and awarded a free kick for a foul in the 10th minute. 2 minutes later Jhon Kennedy Hurtado & Bright Dike hit heads on an aerial challenge that left both players bloodied and sent to the sideline for bandaging to stop their bleeding. Both players would return to the match.

In the 25th minute Timbers gave up an own goal on a Adam Johansson cross that was played by Osvaldo Alonso and cleverly dummied by Christian Tiffert at the top right of the penalty box. Mamadou Danso scored on his own net when he stretched out to prevent the ball from getting to Montero.

Eddie Johnson added a second goal three minutes later where he found himself all alone at the top of the Timbers box, Brad Evans delivered a ball that was more than adequate to the Sounders’ leading scorer from the left wing. Sounders showed good creativity with their off the ball runs, the Timbers defense was clearly befuddled at that moment.

Portland had opportunities and saw a roughly equal time with the ball in Seattle in the first half, both sides took eight shots each, Portland had 4 on target compared to Seattle’s 2, and Seattle had a slight edge in possession 52.5% to 47.5%.

Former Sounder Mike Fucito was subbed on for Sal Zizzo to start the second half; Sounders made no changes at the half.

Montero was credited for the Sounders third goal of the match at the 62nd minute, although it was initially credited as an own-goal to Jack Jewsbury who was sliding to challenge the Colombian striker who had collected his own rebound on a shot in the 6 yard box.

Timbers brought on Eric Brunner for Mamadou Danso in the 68th minute and Eric Alexander for Darlington Nagbe in the 78th,

It would be revealed after the match that Leo Gonzalez had pulled his hamstring, and that was why he was subbed the 77th minute for Marc Burch.

There was not much left to do for the Sounders.  They didn’t exactly bunker down, but they did not try to pressure the Timbers defense as they had before the third goal was scored. Possession in the second half against Portland was in the Timbers favor 57.3% to 42.7%. Mauro Rosales and Christian Tiffert were subbed off in the 87th and 88th minute for Andy Rose and David Estrada.

Seattle further solidified their playoff standing with the 3-0 win, moving back ahead of the LA Galaxy with a game in hand and regular season finale in LA awaiting them. The Cascadia Cup is still in play for Timbers.  An outright win in Vancouver on October 21st, and they can claim the Cascadia Cup as their own.

“My imagination, this is what heaven is like, packed stadium, beat Portland 3-0.” Coach Sigi Schmid mused at his press conference, Sounders fans probably agree. If Schmid is correct, hell is probably like the Timbers Army bus ride back to Portland.

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Another Sell-Out Crowd at Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field Watches the Timbers Fail to Hold Onto Two Leads, Losing to Seattle 3-2

Posted on 10 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

(7.10.2011) Portland, Ore.  Forty-five minutes before kick off and from a quarter mile away you could hear the chants and screams of rabid fans from within Jeld-Wen Field drowning out the rest of the city, as Major League Soccer prepared to take its roost for the afternoon.  

The raucous crowd gathered for the 10th consecutive sell-out, and to celebrate the major rivalry that exists between Portland and Seattle, one that extends far beyond the soccer pitch.

After a riveting opening ceremony featuring fireworks, a spine-tingling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the dramatic unfurling of the Timbers ‘King of Clubs’ Banner – the game settled off into a lollygagging funk.

To say the game got off to a slow start would be an understatement, with the first half feeling more like a Victorian-era gentleman’s sport, with both sides sharing a fairly equal split on shots to goal, corner kicks, fouls and saves.

However, the momentum shifted dramatically for both teams as the second half became a feeding frenzy of goal scoring, totaling five in all.

It began in the 46th minute after Portland’s Alhassan dribbled the ball down field and made a sprint towards the right side of the goal.  Just before running out of bounds and into the Timbers Army, he mustered off a pass to the front of the goal intended for Perlaza, but it was instead deflected off of Seattle’s Jeff Parke and into the net to make it 1-0 Timbers.

In the 53rd minute Timbers fans got an extra jolt of adrenaline when the Timbers’ Wallace executed a great cross to an outstretched Perlaza who just barely missed burying the second Timbers goal of the game.  It could have been all that was needed to shift momentum in favor of the Timbers.

Instead, the Timbers first lead of the game was scratched when in the 57th minute the Sounders Montero took a free kick and slapped it over the Timbers wall and into the corner of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Passions spilled over onto the field at the 60th minute when Friberg, Riley and Jewsbury got into a tussle after confusion over a free kick.  The scene was cleared by the ref, with no cards issued, but perhaps lending a shot in the arm to the Timbers offense.

Moments later the Timbers took their second lead of the game after Perlaza broke away to fire a shot, which bounced off a Seattle defender and into the goal, making it 2-1 Timbers.

However, that would be all the offense the Timbers would be able to muster for the day.  Just four minutes later, Montero would answer the call with a pass from Rosales to even the score.

Ten minutes later we had a bit of a scare after the Sounders’ Neagle made a break for the goal, trailed closely by the Timbers Brunner.  From within the box, Brunner decided to kick the ball away from behind, nearly kicking Neagle in the face in the process.  He was issued a red card and Alonso put the pentalty kick into the back of the net to put the Sounders ahead once and for all.

The final moments of the game saw a few last ditch efforts from a frustrated Timbers offense, but it was too little too late to avoid the 3-2 victory by the Sounders.

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Game #7 Preview: Philadelphia at Portland

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union head to Portland charged with the opportunity to do what Salt Lake, Chicago, and FC Dallas could not do at JELD-WEN Field. Win. It’s Major League Soccer’s best defense against a team that somewhat resembles that  ‘strong home, struggle away’ expansion Union squad we remember from a little over a year ago. Who will come out on top?

Courtesy of OregonLive.com

Portland Timbers (3-3-1) vs. Philadelphia Union (4-1-1)
Friday, May 4, 2011
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR, 10:30PM

Portland Timbers Projected Starting XI





OUT: FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (R Achilles tendinitis); FW Brian Umony (R knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: GK Adin Brown (hamstring strain); DF David Horst (R ankle sprain); GK Jake Gleeson (L elbow sprain); MF Peter Lowry (R knee MCL strain)

Philadelphia Union Projected Starting XI




Le Toux–————————————–—————————-Daniel


OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); PROBABLE: MF Gabriel Farfan (R toe dislocation); MF Stefani Miglioranzi (R groin strain); DF Danny Califf (illness); MF Keon Daniel (R foot contusion)

Game Notes:

The Union will look to be the first team to beat Portland at JELD-WEN Field in regular season play this Friday. The Timbers most recent was an impressive 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, a team struggling with the disappointment of losing in the CONCACAF Champions League final. The Timbers did, however, drop a recent decision to San Jose in an Open Cup qualifier. Ike Opara scored an extratime gamewinner that ended the Timbers participation in the tournament but head coach John Spencer made it clear at the outset of the game that USOC play was not a priority to him, the match-up with Philadelphia was. He fielded a team of reserves in the 1-0 loss.

In two out of the three Portland wins, the Timbers defense surrendered late goals that made things relatively interesting (3-2, 4-2 respectively). Ruiz, Le Toux, and Mwanga building upon previous performances will be key. Hopefully, Le Toux getting that first goal of the year will open the floodgates for him. In Portland’s 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, the away team created opportunities but in many cases, they failed to follow through with them.

Timbers striker Jorge Perlaza was at one time a Union target during the offseason. Since joining Portland, however, he has started down the road of fan favorite – scoring the first goal in JELD-WEN Field history and linking well with Kenny Cooper up top. Head coach John Spencer also has an impressive amount of speed on the wings, something that could potentially cause the Union backline a little trouble. Darlington Nagbe – #2 draft pick – and Kalif Alhassan (four assists so far) were problems for Real Salt Lake this past weekend.

The Union could be without Danny Califf in central defense due to sickness. If that’s the case, it will most likely be Juan Diego Gonzalez in replacement of Califf and Michael Farfan, fresh off his professional debut, at left back for Harvey.

The Union neutralized Steven Lenhart for the most part against San Jose but Kenny Cooper is a different story. He’s a technical target man, one that can actually beat you on the dribble if given the chance. If an undersized back like Gonzalez is forced to take Cooper for the whole 90 minutes with Perlaza looming, it could make for an unsettling 90 minutes.

The Colombian connection isn’t only prevalent with the Union. The Timbers have two Colombians in their probable starting lineup – a newly signed Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza. Both have known each other since the age of 12. Chara should provide a calming influence in the center of the pitch while Perlaza has already shown what he can do, bagging a brace in the first game at JELD-WEN Field.

If the Union can strike first at JELD-WEN, there’s no telling how the Timbers will react along with the crowd. They are 0-3-1 when conceding first but the majority of those contests were on the road. To silence the crowd early and force them to start from behind should be a main Union concentration.

The announcement of the Broad Street Run/Union photo contest winners will be this SUNDAY night!

Predictions for the scoreline this weekend? Worried – especially since Portland are 3-0-0 at home – or are you excited to see how the Union’s defense withstands the pressure?

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Photo gallery: Timbers 1, Sounders 0

Posted on 13 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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The Seattle Sounders’ first 2010 appearance at Qwest Field was not a good one. The Sounders lost to the Portland Timbers 1-0. Portland will join Major League Soccer next year. But for now, they’re a second division side that effectively had no business winning the game. ASN’s David Lindsay was on the premise and filed the following photos.

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