Portland Timbers Take Match 100 Against Seattle Sounders FC

Timbers Take Match 100

PORTLAND, OREGON (May 13, 2018) — One-hundred down, another 100 matches to go between the Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers.

The two rival clubs celebrated their long-standing rivalry at Providence Park. The Cascadia Cup ended with the Timbers celebrating three points with their home fans.

After almost a whole match of high-intensity action, Sebastián Blanco slotted a shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Samuel Armenteros, the goal was scored in the 86th minute.

Portland Timbers Take Match 100 Against Seattle Sounders FC

After the match, Blanco, a native of Argentina said it’s always “important to win this game.”

“It’s a derby,” Blanco said. “It’s a different game versus other teams. It’s a different game in MLS. We played well in some moments and bad in some, but I think we dominated the whole game.”

After the match, Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese said that winning against Seattle “feels great” but knew the match would be difficult.

“They’re tough,” Savarese said. “These kind of games are battles. I’m very proud of how the guys continued to battle, how the guys continued to be disciplined, how they worked hard throughout the entire match and how they found a way at the end to be able to get the result that we wanted.”

“I’m just very proud of the effort that everyone put into the game.”

In goal for Portland, goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made one save to preserve the clean sheet. Meanwhile, on the other side, Stefan Frei made one save and prevented three crosses.

Seattle Sounders FC Head Coach Brian Schmetzer said he doesn’t want his side to “be average.”

“We want to be a championship-caliber team,” Schmetzer said. “That actually drives us to be better. That’s what it does. We are not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves because we lost one game. It’s as simple as that.”

Three Takeaways

  1. Right back on the injury list: How unlucky has Seattle been with injuries this year? Not only has the team compiled a gut-wrenching injury list, but they can’t seem to keep players off of it. Against Portland, defender Kim Kee-Hee was taken off in the 71st minute after cutting open the back of his head. After the match, Schmetzer said that “Kim was having a good game” and that the club “can’t remove two guys off the back line and expect there to be a ton of cohesion.”
  2. Nouhou was Seattle’s star: Despite Cristian Roldan providing much success against Portland in 2017, Nouhou decided to take the reins for 2018. The defender/midfielder was everywhere on the pitch. Nouhou even took three shots, with one on goal.
  3. Back to the bottom: After spending a few days in 11th place in the MLS’ Western Conference, the Sounders are back on the bottom. Currently, Seattle sits in last place with eight points. It’s tight at the bottom, though, as San Jose and Colorado have eight points as well. However, it’s not a good look for the former championship contenders.

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