Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Yimmi Chara, Timbers vs. Seattle, 9.23.20
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0

PORTLAND, Ore. – Midfielder Yimmi Chara scored a goal in his third straight game and the Portland Timbers won their second match in a row defeating Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Wednesday night at Providence Park. 

Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark made a season-high six saves and the Portland defense faced 19 shots in earning the team's second clean sheet of the season.

The three earned points catapulted the Timbers into a tie on points with 21 atop the Western Conference with Seattle.

Match Moments

2' - CHANCE (POR) - Diego Valeri sent a corner kick in that found a wide-open Jaroslaw Niezgoda but the forward headed his shot just over the bar.

10' - SAVE (POR) - Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark came up with a great point-blank save as Sounders forward Raúl Ruidíaz took a shot from near the penalty area only to have Clark smother the shot.

13' - GOAL (POR) - Portland took a 1-0 lead as winger Jeremy Ebobisse won a ball in the Seattle half before carrying forward. He then led a perfectly-weighted ball through to winger Yimmi Chara who rocketed through the central channel, splitting the Sounders defense. Chara one-timed his shot past a diving Stefan Frei to score in his third straight match.

31' - TACKLE (POR) - Seattle pushed forward with a ball that sprung Cristian Roldan into the Timbers 18-yard box. However, Portland midfielder Diego Chara raced in and placed a perfectly-timed tackle to knock the ball out for a corner.

33' - CHANCE (POR) - On a crafty set piece, Valeri played the ball short, received a ball back and then crossed it to the back post for Niezgoda. Niezgoda then set a ball on the deck across the face of goal and just outside the left post.

70' - SAVE (POR) - Seattle's Kelvin Leerdam sent in a rising shot that Clark jumped to push over the bar.

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Portland will next play Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, Sept. 27 in what is technically considered an away match. Kickoff is 7pm PT on ROOT SPORTS.

Portland Timbers (6-4-3, 21pts) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (6-3-3, 21pts)
Sept. 23, 2020 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

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

Scoring Summary: 
POR: Chara (Ebobisse), 13

Misconduct Summary:
SEA: Tolo (caution), 48
POR: Bonilla (caution), 55
SEA: Ruidíaz (caution), 56
POR: Williamson (caution), 76
SEA: A. Roldan (caution), 90
POR: Clark (caution) 90+5

Lineups:
POR: GK Clark, D Bonilla, D Cascante, D Zuparic, D Villafaña, M Williamson (Paredes, 86), M D. Chara, M Ebobisse (Polo, 75), M Valeri © (Mabiala, 86), M Y. Chara (Loría, 75), F Niezgoda (Mora, 71)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Farfan, M Flores, M Zambrano

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Three players tied, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Y. Chara, Paredes, 1); FOULS: 11 (Williamson, 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 6

SEA: GK Frei, D Leerdam (Ibarra, 84), D O’Neill (Bruin, 76), D Yeimar, D Nouhou (Svensson, 45), M C. Roldan, M Joao Paulo, M Jones (A. Roldan, 53), M Lodeiro ©, M Morris, F Ruidíaz

Substitutes Not Used: GK Cleveland, D Arreaga, M Atencio, M Delem

TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Morris, 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Six players tied, 1); FOULS: 8 (Lodeiro, 2); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 13; SAVES:1

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Jeff Hosking
Fourth Official: Farhad Dadkho
VAR: Ramy Touchan
Weather: Rain, 63 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

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