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Seattle Sounders Win in Portland for First Time in Three Years

Seattle Sounders

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Coming into their match against the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders have been struggling as of late. Only winning two matches in league play since July 13th. With a win Seattle would move back to the top of the Western Conference standings and the Supporters Shield. Seattle was also looking for their first win in Portland since 2011.

Seattle took the opening kickoff and looked for the early goal. Portland did their best to make sure that did not happen as they put a lot of pressure on Seattle in the first 10 minutes of the match. About 15 minutes into the match you could slowly see the momentum shifting to Seattle. In the 18th minute, a long sequence of passes  set up Brad Evans on the right wing, who flew past Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell and rolled a cross to a charging Obafemi Martins for an easy tap-in goal.

Seattle doubled their lead in the 34th minute on a counter attack off a Portland corner kick. Martins came away with the Seattle clearance, drove through the center of the park and fed a charging Clint Dempsey for a finish underneath onrushing Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Substitute Chad Barrett made it 3-0 on a 70th-minute blast through Ricketts’ gloves from the left wing on a feed from Dempsey from the center of the box.

Fanendo Adi briefly gave the Timbers Army hope when he got on the end of a Rodney Wallace cross and poked it past Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei to cut the Seattle lead to 3-1.

Obafemi Martins got his second of the night three minutes later when he somehow fought through at least four Timber defenders and found himself one on one with Ricketts. Adi got his second of the night in stoppage time but at that point the game was all but decided.

With the win Seattle gained a three point lead in the Western Conference standings and a two point lead in the Supporters Shield. Seattle also took the lead in the Cascadia Cup standings by one point. Seattle takes on Colorado next Saturday while Portland heads to Vancouver.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

 

 

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