PORTLAND, OR - The Portland Timbers lost 2-1 to rival the Seattle Sounders on a beautiful Friday evening in front of 25,000+ fans at Providence Park. Early goals from Cristian Roldan (22') and Raul Ruidiaz (46') for Seattle in the first half forced Portland to come out of halftime with a sense of urgency. A goal from the captian Diego Valeri (54') off a free kick just outside the box did just that. The Timbers came within inches of tying the game on two occasions: a goal from Brian Fernandez that was called offsides; and a Sebastian Blanco header off a big cross that just missed high. Portland had its chances, but could not capitalize.
To make matters worse with the loss, the Sounders claim the Cascadia Cup.
But this was more than just another game and here's what went down:
In a Yahoo! Sports article today, MLS President Mark Abbot said: "The prohibition on political signage is in place to support the overwhelming majority of MLS fans who come to our stadiums to enjoy a great soccer game ... All of our fans and supporters are important to us and we will continue to engage with them to ensure that we deliver an incredible experience for all."
The response? Both Timbers and Sounders fans were quiet and did not chant… until the 33rd minute.
The reason for the silence until the 33rd minute? In 1933, the Iron Front was disbanded by nazi Germany.
A protested silence against the MLS.
When asked about the crowd silence, Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said, "I want to talk about the game, I don't want to talk about stuff outside. I'm concerned with stuff only happens on the field... I love our fans. I love our guys. They support us all the time... Today we lost against a team we did not want to lose. We always want to win against Seattle. And that's what we want. Especially what was at stake today. So for me, the only thing I care about is what is happening on the field."
Only time will tell how this will affect the rest of the MLS and sports world in the coming days.
Portland Timbers lose to rival Seattle Sounders in front of silent crowd originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest