TUKWILA, Wash. – T2 sustained their first loss of the 2015 season, falling 2-1 on the road against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday night in front of 2,304 fans at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. Despite leading 1-0 at halftime following a goal by defender Harrison Delbridge, T2 conceded two goals in the second half of the match. Seattle midfielder Pablo Rossi scored a penalty kick in the 48th minute and midfielder Giuliano Frano gave S2 a late game-winning goal in the 88th minute.
T2 (2-1-1, 7pts) started the match on the right foot, scoring the opening goal and leading Cascadia-rival Seattle 1-0 through the first 45 minutes. Delbridge scored the first goal of the match and his first of the season with a strong header in the 30th minute. The defender made a run into the penalty box and got on the end of a precise 40-yard free kick taken by midfielder Blair Gavin, sending the ball down and into the back of the net for the lead.
Sounders FC 2 (3-0-0, 9pts), playing host to T2 in their third consecutive home match to open the season, answered Portland’s first-half goal with a penalty kick in the 48th minute as Rossi sent a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. S2 was awarded the penalty when midfielder Andy Craven controlled a long pass from midfielder Amadou Sanyang and went down in the box after a challenge by T2 defender Andy Thoma. As the match was winding down, Seattle was able to net the late game-winning goal as Frano chipped T2 goalkeeper Jake Gleeson after receiving a pass from Craven in the 88th minute.
T2 had a chance to take the lead in the 81st minute, but forward Kharlton Belmar’s left-footed shot from inside the box was saved by S2 goalkeeper Charlie Lyon. T2 finished the match with an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Following Saturday’s match, T2 continue their four-game road trip, facing Sacramento Republic FC at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, April 18; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). Saturday’s road match will be available live online via a high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com.
T2 (2-1-1, 7pts) at Seattle Sounders FC 2 (3-0-0, 9pts)
April 11, 2015 – Starfire Stadium (Tukwila, Wash.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Sounders FC 2 0 2 2
T2 1 0 1
POR: Delbridge (Gavin), 30
SEA: Rossi (penalty kick), 48
SEA: Frano (Craven), 88
POR: Payne (Caution), 50
SEA: Frano (Caution), 73
POR: Winchester (Caution), 90
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Gleeson, D Peay, D Manning, D Delbridge, D Thoma, M Besler (Evans, 64), M Payne, M Gavin ©, F Winchester, F Belmar, F Fatawu
Substitutes Not Used: GK Luthy, M Casiple, M Rose, M Tshuma
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 1
SEA: GK Lyon, D Long, D Correa (Anderson,86), D Ockford, D Miele, M Sanyang, M Frano, M Craven, M McCormick (Lawal, 76), M Rossi (Ramos, 90), F Jones (Fisher, 59)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Noll, D French, D Lowe
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
Referee: Chipalo Street
Assistant Referees: Joshua Haimes and Andrew Deuker
4th Official: Andrew Marihart
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 48 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial