Fortunate Sounders stretch win streak to seven with 1-0 win over Timbers

Sundays 1-0 darby win over the Portland Timbers (10-7-7, 37 points). was a far cry from the tintalating soccer the Seattle Sounders ((11-9-5, 38 points) played in it’s 5-0 demolition of the LA Galaxy last week.  Sundays win  was a gritty, determined effort that favored the brave and fortunate Sounders.

The Sounders may have been outplayed but they were not out hustled in the physical match between the bitter rivals. The Timbers came into the game  having lost three games in a row while the Sounders were strutting their six game win streak .

While both teams were looking to impose thier will on the other it was the homeside that started the game on the front foot. Portland’s counter attacking was the difference in the first half. The Timbers ability to advance the  ball and find players who had  pushed up field resulted in 14 to 2 shot  halftime advantage for the homeside.

Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer made his usual halftime adjustment and as has been the case in the last seven games, the changes were spot on.

Schmetzer inserted Will Bruin into the game for Kelvin Leerdam and switched  to a 5-3-2 formation brought five defenders in front of goal keepr Stefan Frei while creating more room in the midfield for  Harry Shipp, Nicolas Lodeiro and Cristian Roldan  which then allowed for forwards Raul Ruidiaz and Bruin space and time with the ball.

Roldan with ball in triangle
Sounders Cristian Roldan looks to make a move on the Timbers Andy Polo. ( Cascadiasports.net)

The tactical change resulted in the Sounders  gaining more confidence due to the amount of time they had the ball. Rather than bunker down on defense the Sounders  moved the ball down field and the result of  thier bravey was a fortunate break in the 76th minute.

Center back Kin Kee-hee rambled down the Seattle right side of the field and blasted a right footed cross that  richoted off Timbers defender  Julio Cascante for an own goal and the only  goal that would be scored in the match.  While it was not a pretty  for Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer the win is all that mattered once the final whistle blew to end the game.

 

GAME NOTES

  • Sounders FC is now 11-9-5 on the season, and currently sits above the red line at fifth in the Western Conference with 38 points. Seattle is level with LA Galaxy on points (38), but holds the total-wins tiebreaker.
  • Sounders FC extends its club record with seven consecutive wins, matching the single-season league record in the post-shootout era. The only other club to win seven in a row is Sporting Kansas City, who did it to start the 2012 campaign.
  • The result extends Seattle’s unbeaten streak to 10 games (8-0-2), dating back to July 4 at Colorado. The run is the longest spell without a loss this season, and sits alone as the club’s second-longest unbeaten streak in club history. The longest unbeaten streak in club history is 13 games (6-0-7) from June 21-September 23 of last season.
  • The win vaults the Rave Green into the lead for the 2018 Cascadia Cup with six points from three matches (2-1-0), three points ahead of Portland and Vancouver. Sounders FC has one Cascadia match remaining in 2018 – a September 15 clash at Whitecaps FC – while both Portland and Vancouver have two fixtures remaining for the regional trophy.
  • Sounders FC is now 10-7-6 all-time against the Timbers in MLS regular season play, with Sunday’s win marking the first for Seattle in Portland since August 24, 2014.
  • Sunday marked the 102nd all-time meeting between the two sides dating back to 1975, with Seattle holding a 51-37-14 advantage.
  • On the season, Sounders FC is now 5-5-3 on the road, earning 18 of its 38 points away from CenturyLink Field. The club has four regular-season road matches remaining in 2018.
  • Stefan Frei made three saves and recorded his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday. His goals against average of 0.96 leads MLS and is currently a career high for seasons in which Frei makes at least 20 appearances.
  • Seattle has allowed one goal or fewer in each of the club’s 10 matches during the current unbeaten run, and its 26 goals allowed is the second-fewest in MLS this season.
MATCH SUMMARY
 
Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Portland Timbers 0
Sunday, August 26, 2018
 
Venue: Providence Park
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistants: Jason White, Corey Rockwell
Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson
VAR: Younes Marrakchi
Attendance: 21,144
Weather: 62 degrees and cloudy
 
SCORING SUMMARY
SEA – Own Goal (Julio Cascante) 76′
 
MISCONDUCT SUMMARY
 
POR – Diego Chara (caution) 22′
POR – Sebastian Blanco (caution) 65′
SEA – Brad Smith (caution) 65′
POR – Dairon Asprilla (caution) 87′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Will Bruin 59′), Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Brad Smith (Nouhou 86′); Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso – captain, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Harry Shipp (Román Torres 79′); Raúl Ruidíaz
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem, Henry Wingo
Total shots: 6 (Alonso, 2)
Shots on goal: 2 (Alonso/C. Roldan, 1)
Fouls: 11 (Shipp, 3)
Offside: 5 (Ruidíaz, 3)
Corner-kicks: 2 (Lodeiro, 2)
Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)
                               
Portland Timbers – Jeff Attinella; Alvas Powell, Julio Cascante, Liam Ridgewell, Zarek Valentin; Diego Chara, Lawrence Olum (David Guzman 88′), Andy Polo (Andres Flores 79′), Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco (Dairon Asprilla 77′); Samuel Armenteros
Substitutes not used: Steve Clark, Marco Farfan, Cristhian Paredes, Bill Tuiloma
Total shots: 22 (Armenteros/Blanco, 4)
Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)
Fouls: 10 (Chara, 5)
Offside: 1 (Armenteros, 1)
Corner-kicks: 9 (Valeri, 9)
Saves: 2 (Attinella, 2)
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