MATCH RECAP | Seattle Sounders 1, Portland Timbers 0

SEATTLE – The Seattle Sounders took round one of this season’s Cascadia Cup battle with the Portland Timbers, riding a 77th minute game-winner from Clint Dempsey to a 1-0 victory at CenturyLink Field.

Neither side managed to crack the scoresheet through the opening 45 minutes, although the Sounders did have an early look in the 10th minute after Obafemi Martins managed to find a sliver of space between Portland defenders in the Timbers penalty box. However, he put his attempt just wide of Timbers ‘keeper Adam Kwarasey and the goal.

Seattle had two other opportunities late in the first half, the first coming in the 38th minute from a long-distance rocket attempt off the boot of midfielder Marco Pappa, but his attempt sailed high. Lamar Neagle also put a shot from distance on frame in first-half stoppage time but Kwarasey made a diving save.

But Portland picked up the pressure in the second half, managing to put its first two attempts on frame shortly after kickoff. The first came in the 51st minute from Maxmiliano Urruti and the next in the 61st from midfielder Diego Chara. But Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei managed to stifle both attempts with diving saves of his own.

The Sounders finally broke through in the 77th minute after substitute Andy Rose found himself with a free shot in Portland’s box as a long throw-in from left back Dylan Remick dropped in behind the Timbers defense. Rose’s attempt was blocked by Kwarasey but the ball squirted free directly in front of the Portland goal, allowing Dempsey to tap the ball into the net to give the home side the lead.

Portland had a golden look at an equalizer just moments later in the 81st minute, but Fandendo Adi’s header sailed over Frei’s outstretched fingertips and deflected off the crossbar, allowing Seattle to keep its one-goal advantage. The Timbers couldn’t quite manage to find an equalizer, giving the home side the narrow victory.

Seattle (4-2-1) hit the road next weekend for a date with New York City FC, while the Timbers (2-3-3) head home to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Portland Timbers (2-3-3, 9pts) at Seattle Sounders FC (4-2-1, 13pts) 
April 26, 2015 – CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)

Goals by Half                            1          2          F
Portland Timbers                       0          0          0
Seattle Sounders FC                 0          1          1        

Scoring Summary
SEA: Dempsey, 77

Misconduct Summary
POR: Villafaña (Caution), 23
SEA: Pappa (Caution), 53
SEA: Alonso (Caution), 54
POR: Ridgewell (Caution), 71

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Kwarasey, D Powell, D Borchers, D Ridgewell ©, D Villafaña, M Chara, M Jewsbury, M Asprilla (Fernández, 62), M Nagbe, M Yartey, F Urruti (Adi, 74)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Weber, D Paparatto, M Fochive, M Valeri

TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Adi, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Chara, Urruti, 1); FOULS: 12 (Chara, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2

SEA: GK Frei, D Mears, D Evans ©, D Scott, D Remick, M Pappa (Gonzalez, 86), M Alonso, M Pineda, M Neagle (Rose, 77), F Dempsey, F Martins

Substitutes Not Used: GK Perkins, D Correa, D Ockford, M Azira, F Barrett

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Pappa, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 12 (Alonso, 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Mike Rottersman
4th Official: Daniel Radford
Attendance: 41,451
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial