The Seattle Sounders FC got a much needed victory on Oct. 7, handing the Portland Timbers a 3-0 thrashing at CenturyLink Field. With the win, the Sounders hold on to the Cascadia Cup. But the Timbers can still steal it if they win their next match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
66,452 Seattle soccer fans -- second largest audience for a regular season game in MLS history -- showed up to support the Sounders against their arch rivals, and they all left feeling satisfied.
"It was amazing, and we were getting 100 percent from everybody," Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales told reporters after the game. "It was the last game of the year playing against [Portland], and we were able to win 3-0. That is something we can enjoy until next year. We really wanted to do a great job today, and we did it. I am really happy with us."
The Sounders put pressure on the Timbers right from the start, and it paid off 25 minutes into the match, when Mamadou Danso deflected a Fredy Montero shot into his own post.
Eddie Johnson doubled the Sounders' advantage three minutes later, firing a well-timed pass from Brad Evans past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Montero increased the Sounders' lead to three goals in the 62nd minute, knocking his own rebound back into the post.
The Sounders escaped with the clean-sheet, but their defense broke down on several occasions. The Timbers dominated the ball, and they had more chances to score goals. Fortunately for Seattle, goalkeeper Michael Gspurning was on top of his game, finishing the match with six saves.
With the win, the Sounders move up to the third spot in the MLS Western Conference table, trailing second place Real Salt Lake by three points. The Sounders' -- who have a two-goal lead in the tiebreaker -- next game is against Real, so they'll get a chance to secure the second spot in the west when the two teams collide on Oct. 17.
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