Three and Easy for Classy Sounders

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Eddie Johnson scored Sounders second

 

Sounders FC 3 : 0 Portland Timbers

Sounders FC comfortably won the final Cascadia Derby of their regular season. Two goals in the first half, one an own goal, put the home side on course for an easy victory. Fredy Montero added a third in the second half against a Portland side that played poorly on the day.

Sigi Schmid picked his full strength side but visiting coach Gavin Wilkinson sprung two full back surprises. He dropped both Steven Smith and Kosuke Kimura. Lovel Palmer and Rodney Wallace stepped in. Donovan Ricketts returned in goal.

Sigi Schmid picked his full strength side but visiting coach Gavin Wilkinson sprung two full back surprises. He dropped both Steven Smith and Kosuke Kimura. Lovel Palmer and Rodney Wallace stepped in. Donovan Ricketts returned in goal.

Sounders kicked off in their normal green in a magnificent atmosphere, though the stadium was still filling up to its maximum capacity. Portland Timbers donned their away strip of Rose City Red.

The first shot of the match came in the 4th minute from Christian Tiffert. The German’s long range effort took a deflection which lead to a series of corners. But, the makeshift Timbers defense past its first test comfortably.

In the 12th min John Hurtado was badly injured in a collision of heads with Bright Dike. Although Dike also felt the effect of the collision there was a worrying amount of blood coming from Hurtado’s face.

The Columbian had to leave the field seemingly to be stitched up. Dike’s head also had to be bandaged. With Hurtado off the park Evans dropped back in the role of temporary centre half.

With a man advantage Zizzo should have done better when presented with an opportunity, but fired straight at Gspurning. Hurtado eventually returned back to the pitch. But him and his colleagues were posted missing when Rod Wallace rose unchallenged at a corner but could only head tamely wide.

Sounders took the lead in the 25th min with a great sweeping move. Osvaldo Alonso found Johansson steaming down the right wing aided by an intelligent dummy by Christian Tiffert. The Swede’s cross was bound for Fredy Montero. However, before the ball could reach him the unfortunate Mamadou Danso directed the ball into his own goal.

It was a case of history repeating itself as the same player scored in the same fixture last year only for his own side.

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Sounders doubled their lead three minutes later. David Horst went to sleep leaving Eddie Johnson in an ocean of space to slot the ball past an unprotected Ricketts. It was a cool finish but unbelievably poor marking which left Bras Evans time and space to find his forward teammate.

Less than 100 seconds later it was almost 3-0 when Ricketts acrobatically pawed Montero’s goal bound effort onto the post. It was a fantastic save but with a full hour to go, Ricketts must have been wondering how many more he would have to make with the Timbers makeshift defense looking on the verge of falling to pieces.

Porltnad did have some offensive moments in the fist half. Franck Songo’o hit the side netting and then there was some confusion in the Sounders six yard box but the Timbers were unable to direct a shot on target with the goal at their mercy.

Parke became the second Sounders defender to leave for treatment following a head knock. Again Bright Dike being the player involved.

Half time arrived with the home side dominant by some distance.

Updated 2012 Cascadia Cup Standings (Teams Play Six Games)
Club P F A PTS
Seattle 6 8 4 9
Portland 5 6 7 8
Vancouver 5 4 7 3

Mike Fucito made his first appearance at CenturyLink Field since switching colors, coming on for Zizzo at halftime. With the substitution, Portland moved to a 4-4-2, with Fucito playing underneath Dike and Nagbe, Songo’o, Jewsbury and Chara playing across the midfield.

The tactical switch came after an opening 45 minutes that saw Dike negated at times, playing as a lone man high. At one point, Dike went to bring down an aerial ball and found himself surrounded by three Sounders defenders.

After a short lull in the proceedings at the start of the second half, the game resumed its chippiness and speed. Fucito nearly put a goal away but headed wide from inside the six-yard box — not that it would have counted because he was offside.

The Sounders did find the scoresheet in the 61st minute, again through an own goal. Johnson flicked on a deep Evans throw-in, which Montero attempted to slot in but for a sliding save by Ricketts. On the resulting scramble, Jewsbury slid in and made what was ultimately the deciding touch, into his own goal. The venue later awarded it to Montero.

Portland came close to answering on a set piece of its own. After a cleared free kick in the 63rd minute, Songo’o directed a low volley goalward that Michael Gspurning dove to his left to keep out and preserve the shutout.

Nagbe was inside the six-yard box again in the 66th minute but ended up putting the ball out of play. The Timbers were enjoying their best spell of the game.

The pressure would not subside easily, as a series of free kicks and corner kicks followed the initial flurries, but Gspurning held on tightly to both the ball and his shutout when called upon. Songo’o had another opportunity in the 74th minute, this one from the penalty spot, that the Austrian again saved with a quick dive down to his left side.

But as the match wound down, so did Portland’s spirit. The final 12 minutes amounted to a keep-ball exercise for Seattle, which moved the ball at will without ever doing anything too dangerous with it. Despite the Timbers’ higher paced attack in the second half, their quality wasn’t enough to find the back of the net.

Portland now has to win in Vancouver to ensure victory in the Cascadia Cup, while the Sounders are in third place in the MLS Western Conference, two points ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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Match Report

Sounders FC Player Ratings

Portland Timbers Player Ratings

Ricketts: We should have showed a little bit of heart. We just gave the game away tonight.

Lineups & Stats

 

 

Sounders: GK Gspurning, D Johansson, D Parke, D Hurtado, D Gonzalez (Burch, 77), M Rosales © (Rose, 87), M Alonso, M Tiffert (Estrada, 88), M Evans, F Johnson, F Montero

 

Substitutes Not Used: GK Weber, D Scott, M Zakuani, F Ochoa

 

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Montero, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Montero, 3); FOULS: 11 (Tiffert, 5); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 6 (Gspurning, 5)


Portland: GK Ricketts, D Palmer, D Danso (Brunner, 68), D Horst, D Wallace, M Nagbe (Alexander, 78), M Jewsbury ©, M Chara, F Zizzo (Fucito, 45), F Dike, F Songo’o

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bendik, D Kimura, D Smith, F Mwanga

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Songo’o, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Songo’o, 3); FOULS: 9 (Songo’o, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 2

 

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, George Gansner
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
Attendance: 66,452

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10 Comments

  1. The only complaint I have is the gates should have been opened earlier.. The security lines were horrendous taking 15-20 min.. to get in.. 90 min is not enough time to get 66k through the gate.

  2. In my opinion, the only man in MLS clumsier on header challenges than Bright Dike is Steven Lenhart, but at least Lenhart has protective cushioning.

  3. The biggest problem of the whole match was that there was crap for beer on tap. All the good micro-brew was not to be found. I was on the 100-level and all I could find was Bud Light and Shock Top wheat beer. No IPAs. No Brougham Bitter. It must have been that the distributor’s had too much of the lousy stuff in stock and they thought that with 66,000 that no one would notice. Well, I did.

  4. @Pythagoras

    Clearly this was your first time here. Not only was there more and much better, I even tipped off some PDXers to which stands had the better stuff.

    • “I even tipped off some PDXers to which stands had the better stuff.”

      That would explain why it ran out.

      • In all fairness they were quite happy and nearly everyone one of them in their group shook my hand and said “thank you.”

  5. Spicy McHaggis on

    This SSFC supporter wants to know; where is Kris Boyd? It just seems unfathomable that he’s not playing for P*rtland.

    Hey Gav, if you’re not going to use him, I’ve got a sixer of Brougham Bitter and an unused bottle of Adderall I’ll trade ya for him, just ’til the end of the season….whaddya say?