Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cascadia Cup will take center stage on
Sunday as the Portland Timbers welcome their fiercest rivals, Seattle Sounders
FC, to Providence Park.
The Timbers will be aiming to extend their unbeaten streak in league play to a
modest three matches, while also hoping to carry over a positive run of form
following a comfortable 4-1 victory over Alpha United FC on Tuesday in the
CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
In their last league outing, the Timbers came away with a point away from home
in a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution.
The lone strike of the opening period came in the 27th minute when Diego
Fagundez threaded a pass through the Portland defense to find Charlie Davies,
who beat the offside trap to slip a shot past Donovan Ricketts from a
Portland eventually leveled the score and it was Liam Ridgewell who did the
honors 25 minutes from time. The Timbers defender capped a surging run into
the penalty area with a deft finish past Bobby Shuttleworth for his first MLS
"I think it is what it is. We can't do anything about what happened, we need
to move on. So I don't think we're happy with a point, but I don't think we
can be too disappointed either because at the end of the day, we came back
from behind," said Portland head coach Caleb Porter.
"I liked the comeback, liked the point, thought we did enough to win, but we
didn't win so we'll move on, shift gears, get ready for [CONCACAF[ Champions
League and get ready for a home game against Seattle."
Portland's Champions League match proved to be little challenge as Steve
Zakuani, Max Urruti, Fanendo Adi and Alves Powell all netted goals in the
comfortable 4-1 rout.
Seattle, meanwhile, will be looking to get back in the win column after being
held to a 1-1 draw by the San Jose Earthquakes on home soil on Wednesday.
The Sounders opened the scoring early in the second half when Obafemi Martins
found Chad Barrett streaking up the middle, and Martins played the ball into
open space in the box. Barrett struck it far post for the goal, marking his
sixth goal of the season.
But San Jose found the equalizer 25 minutes from time when Cordell Cato
brought the ball far up the left side before crossing it under a diving Stefan
Frei, finding Chris Wondolowski for a tap into an empty net.
"It was disappointing. The guys are disappointed because they really wanted
to come out with a win today," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. "You look
at our record and we probably have tied the least amount of times in the
league. We'd rather have a win, but rather not have a loss."