The Seattle Sounders FC increased their unbeaten streak to six games on Sept. 15, settling for a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. Obviously, the draw didn't do much for the Sounders in terms of catching up with the Western Conference leading San Jose Earthquakes (who currently lead Seattle by eight points in the conference standings), but it was enough for them to hold on to the Cascadia Cup.
"Obviously for them it was a very emotional game," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match. "You saw by all their players that went out injured and cramping up and little niggling muscle injuries toward the end that they had expended everything that they had in this game. From that standpoint I was pleased we were able to keep them at bay for the majority of the game."
Contrary to the low score, both offenses had their share of chances to score goals, but they had a hard time finishing their plays.
At halftime, the match remained scoreless, but the Sounders eventually opened up the scoreboard in the 57th minute, when Fredy Montero capitalized on a long goal kick from Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, firing a beautiful shot into the post.
"It was a long pass from Michael Gspurning," Montero said after the match. "The ball bounced and I tried to hold the defender. When I saw I was in the box, I just tried to hit the ball. It was good."
Unfortunately for the Sounders, a defensive lapse allowed the Timbers to equalize in the 78th minute. Portland defender Rodney Wallace nodded a corner kick towards the Sounders' post, and Gspurning collided with Leonardo Gonzalez while going for the save, resulting in the equalizing goal.
The Sounders tried to regain the lead during the final minutes of the game, but the Timbers refused to budge.
The Sounders were without their main playmaker Mauro Rosales on Saturday, and it certainly affected the flow of their offense. Fortunately for the Sounders, Rosales should be back within the next week.
Hopefully, the Sounders will get back to scoring goals with Rosales in the lineup. With six games left in the 2012 MLS season, they still have a chance to secure the top spot in the Western Conference.
The Sounders will now head over to Honduras, where they'll face C.D. Marathon on Sept. 19. With a win, the Sounders will advance to the championship round of the CONCACAF Champions League.
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