Timbers success in Seattle continues, topple Sounders 3-0

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored in the 24th minute and the Timbers went unbeaten in their last 7 regular season games in Seattle with a 3-0 win over the Sounders.

SEATTLE (AP) — Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored in the 24th minute, Santiago Moreno and Dairon Asprilla linked late in the second half and the Portland Timbers stayed in Seattle in their last seven regular-season games with a 3-0 win over the Sounders undefeated Saturday.

The win continued a winning streak for the Timbers, who played their closest rival three hours north. Portland has not lost a regular-season game against the Sounders in Seattle since May 27, 2017. That stretch now includes five wins and two draws.

The first Cascadia showdown between the rivals this season was set to be an all-day celebration, with the Sounders becoming the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League in May – along with the Timbers.

Portland had other ideas. Niezgoda’s seventh goal of the season gave Portland the early advantage, and the Timbers took advantage of Seattle playing most of the second half with just 10 men after Sounders defender Jackson Ragen was sent off after a second yellow card just early in the second half was.

Niezgoda’s goal came when the Polish striker broke free from defence, and a Sebastián Blanco cross was placed perfectly at the back post. Moreno’s penalty goal came in the 82nd minute after a video review found a handball on Seattle in the box. Asprilla added the capper three minutes later as Seattle pushed the numbers forward.

Adding to the already simmering rivalry, Seattle added several extra jabs by celebrating the club’s Champions League title. Seattle became the first MLS team to win the competition in its current format when they defeated LigaMX club Pumas in the finals in May.

The ceremony included the unveiling of the CCL Championship banner which hung from the roof of Lumen Field.

“We’re here to celebrate the title we won and they didn’t!” Minority Seattle owner Drew Carey said during the pregame ceremony as he stood yards from the Portland bench.

But the Sounders had to regret their missed chances in the first half. Nicolás Lodeiro had thwarted an early chance after a save from Portland goalkeeper Aljaž Ivačič. Claudio Bravo saved Ragen’s header off the goal line and Seattle forward Raúl Ruidíaz hit the post from about 10 yards late in the first half.

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Emma Bowman

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