The Seattle Sounders FC's problems continued on June 24, losing 2-1 to the Portland Timbers. For the Sounders, it was their first loss against the Timbers since joining the MLS, extending their current regular season winless streak to seven games.
"We made a couple of mistakes in the first half," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the frustrating loss. "They scored a good goal on a set piece; we had already given away one off the post by [David] Horst. The marking was bad on [Kris] Boyd's goal - he was behind the ball, so he's not offside - and we put ourselves in a hole. It's tough; the last seven games we've played out of the hole every time and when you're constantly playing from behind, it makes it difficult."
Fortunately for the Sounders, they'll get to hold on to the fourth spot in the MLS Western Conference rankings.
The Timbers got off to a good start against the Sounders, scoring their first goal early in the match. Kris Boyd tipped a well-played cross past Andrew Weber, opening up the scoreboard in the 16th minute. David Horst doubled the Timbers' advantage nine minutes later, nodding one into the post.
The Sounders tried to fight back in the second half, and their offense played considerably better. Eddie Johnson brought them back into the game in the 58th minute, firing a shot past Troy Perkins from the top of the box. The Sounders had many more chances to equalize the game, but they couldn't find a way to get the ball into the net.
To make things worse for the Sounders, Fredy Montero was ejected during the final minute of regulation, after getting involved in a shoving contest. He'll automatically face a one-game suspension.
The Sounders' next game will be against the San Jose Earthquakes - currently the top team in the Western Conference table - on June 26. Seattle's goal to become the first team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles will be on the line when the two teams meet, and the Sounders will be in for an even tougher contest.
Joshua Mayers, "Zach Scott: "To let (the fans) down, to know that they're…"
Player and game information from ESPN.com
More from the Yahoo! Contributor Network: