PORTLAND, Ore. – In the 100th all-time meeting between the two clubs, the Portland Timbers emerged the 1-0 victors over Seattle Sounders FC in front of a sold out crowd Sunday at Providence Park. Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco scored the game-winner in the 86th minute when he deftly chipped Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei to send the home crowd into celebration.
The win also marked Portland's fourth in a row while Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella and the Portland defense earned their third clean sheet in a row.
38' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Valeri, receiving the ball back from his own corner, slid the ball to Blanco near the top of the 18-yard box. Blanco cut inside before taking a left-footed shot that went just over the crossbar.
39' - CHANCE (POR) - Moments later, Cristhian Paredes won the ball at midfield, dribbled through Seattle defenders before flaring the ball out wide to Valeri. Valeri's return pass into the mixer was inches beyond the outstretched leg of Paredes on the doorstep.
48' - SAVE (POR) - Freed on the left side by a ball over the top, Sounders defender Nouhou Tolo took a hard shot on frame that Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was in perfect position to gobble up.
59' - CHANCE (POR) - Valeri combined with Fanendo Adi for a give-and-go on the edge of the box. Valeri was free on goal but his shot was blocked at the last moment by a sliding Gustav Svensson.
68' - CHANCE (POR) - Defender Zarek Valentin, receiving the ball on the left, found an open Andy Polo on the edge of the box. His curled, right-footed shot forced a diving save from Seattle 'keeper Stefan Frei.
86' - GOAL (POR) - Portland, patient all game in attack, were finally rewarded in the 86th minute when forward and second half substitution Samuel Armenteros deftly turned and sprung Blanco past the backline with a perfect throughball. Blanco, in 1v1 with Frei, calmly chipped the ball into the bottom left corner for a 1-0 Timbers lead.
The Timbers next play Los Angeles FC at Providence Park on May 19. Kickoff is 12pm PT on FOX.
Portland Timbers (4-3-2, 14pts) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (2-4-2, 8pts)
May 13, 2018 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders FC 0 0 0
Portland Timbers 0 1 1
POR: Blanco (Armenteros), 86
SEA: Delem (Caution) 33
POR: Ridgewell (Caution), 44
SEA: Roldan (Caution), 76
SEA: Wingo (Caution), 82
SEA: Blanco (Caution) 90+6
POR: GK Attinella, D Powell (Asprilla, 86), D Mabiala, D Ridgewell, D Valentin, M Paredes (Flores, 77), M Chara, M Polo, M Valeri ©, M Blanco, F Adi (Armenteros, 77)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Gleeson, D Cascante, D Farfan, M Olum
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Polo, Valeri, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Polo, Blanco, 1); FOULS: 6 (Valeri, 2); OFFSIDES: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1
SEA: GK Frei, D Tolo (McCrary, 60), D Leerdam, D Kee-Hee (Bwana, 71), D Marshall, M Delem, M Wolff Eikrem (Wingo, 78), M Svensson, M Roldan, M Roldan, F Dempsey
Substitutes Not Used: GK Meredith, D Alfaro, M Shipp, M Neagle
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Tolo, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Tolo, 1); FOULS: 12 (Roldan, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Assistant Referees: Jason White, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial