Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers
traded second-half goals at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday, playing to a 1-1 draw
in the latest installment of the Cascadia Cup.
Fredy Montero put the Sounders in front with a superb strike from distance,
but Rodney Wallace equalized to earn the Timbers a share of the spoils.
The draw leaves Portland (7-14-7) atop the Cascadia Cup table with eight
points through four games. Seattle (13-6-9) sits second on five points as
Vancouver Whitecaps FC bottoms the table on two points. Each team has two more
Cascadia Cup matches slated for the regular season, leaving the title
completely up for grabs.
Portland's Donovan Ricketts was knocked out of the game in the 57th minute
following a collision with Eddie Johnson. Joe Bendik came on to replace the
Jamaican in goal, but he was left no chance at stopping Montero's sensational
volley on the turn just seconds after his introduction.
Seattle remained in front until the 78th minute when a corner kick delivery
from Jack Jewsbury was nodded home by Wallace for his first goal of the
The Timbers came within inches of stealing all three points when Bright Dike
struck the post in stoppage time, but the Sounders defense was relieved to see
the ball bounce back into play.