Sounders take 2-1 lead over Timbers

The Timbers and Sounders square off in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup tonight at 7 p.m. Listen live on www.portlandtimbers.com as broadcasters Andy McNamara and Aaron Heinzen call the action. Click here for the match tracker.

Portland has allowed the fewest goals in the league this season - seven in nine matches. In U.S. Open Cup play, the Timbers are 2-1-0 in matches on the road. The Timbers face a Seattle team that has never been beaten at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., and has lost only one of their last six matches.

Starting Line ups:
POR: GK Wicks, D Griffin, D J. Thompson, D Knowles, M S. Thompson, M Gregor, M Poltl, M Higgins, M Hague, F Jordan, F Bagley

SEA: GK Eylander, D Merl, D Scott, D Sakuda, D Treschuk, M Gardner, M Le Toux, M O'Brien, M Alcaraz-Cuellar, F Levesque, F Howes

Match Highlights:
Kickoff - 7:10 p.m.
1 - Timbers corner kick by Gregor, shot by Knowles over the cross bar.

3 - Jordan makes run down the right touch line sends cross into the box, cleared by Seattle.

6 - Second corner of the night taken by Gregor who's cross misses wide.

7 - Wicks punched out a cross by Seattle's Alcaraz-Cuellar.

11 - Hague was fouled from behind by Seattle's Levesque near the midfield line, free kick taken by Griffin.

14 - Yellow card issued to Andrew Gregor.

17 - Bagley takes a ball to the face as Seattle's Sakuda attempts to clear the ball.

19 - J. Thompson scores on a header from a free kick by Gregor.

23 - Shaun Higgins issued a yellow card.

25 - GK Josh Wicks made a reaction save to stop a shot Seattle's Le Toux from 12 yards out.

30 - Seattle's Le Toux broke free past the Timbers' backline and received a ball over the top. Wicks, charging off his line swipped the ball off of Le Toux's foot before he could get a shot off.

33 - Seattle's O'Brien shaken up on a defensive effort against Jordan in the box.

38 - Yellow cards issued to Scot Thompson and Seattle's Gardner on an altercation involving a throw in.

40 - Knowles given a straight red card for an apparent elbow to a Seattle player in the box. The foul set up a PK goal by Alcaraz-Cuellar.

45 - Bagley was issued a yellow card with a challenge by behind on Seattle's Treschuk. Alcaraz-Cuellar was also issued a yellow following the initial play.

Halftime subs - POR: Lara in for Bagley and Morrison in for Hague. SEA: Besagno in for O'Brien.

61 - Wicks and Timbers defense hold off Seattle offensive pressure on three corner kicks.

Note - Seattle's O'Brien taken to a nearby hospital after suffering a concusion and laceration on his head.

67 - Corner kick for Seattle, cleared by the Timbers defense.

68 - Seattle's Treschuk issued a yellow card.

 69 - S. Thompson chased down Seattle's Le Toux to break up a one on one opportunity.

70 - Sounders take 2-1 lead on a goal by Jake Besagno, assisted by Howes.

 81 - Higgins set up Jordan for a point blank shot that was denied by Eylander. Scot Thompson fired the rebound but was again defelected by the Seattle defense. 

84 - Timbers have two corner kick opportunities.

Scoring Summary: