The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders played another intense match and as has been the case in the last six matches the away team won. A rather perplexing stat to say the least. Last night a Felipe Mora goal in the 83rd minute gave the vising Timbers the 2-1 victory. It was Portland’s third straight win at CenturyLink Field.
The game between the two Cascadia Rivals had an ominous start as Portland Midfielder Sebastian Blanco suffered a knee injury in the 4thminute of play. Blanco was replaced by Marvin Loria. Seeing one of their own go down inspired the Timbers to get the opening goal.
A perfect give and go between Diego Valeri and Eryk Williamson saw Williamson dart by a flatfooted Sounders defense for the 1-0 lead 4 minutes later.
The Sounders were able to dominate possession of the ball for the majority of the half with a 68.6% to 31.4% advantage. Despite sizable possession advantage the Sounders managed just two shots on goal to the Timbers 1. Fortunately for the Sounders one of the two shot on goal found its way to the back of the Timbers goal. Kelvin Leerdam’s wonder strike with three minutes left in the first half brought the game to level terms at 1-1.
The Sounders dominated the possession battle in the second half as they did in the first but were unable to create and dangerous chances towards the Timbers goal . The Sounders managed just one shot on goal in the second half. The Timbers were able to stifle the Sounders attack by using a high press that frustrated the Sounders. The Timbers had four shots on target in the second half. The shots were created off Seattle turnovers. Both teams cancelled each other in the midfield until the 83rd minute. Felipa Mora made a perfectly-timed run from just outside the box and Williamson slotted a slide rule pass to Mora who slotted the ball home for the game winner.
It was Mora’s third consecutive goal in as many games. He is now tied for second on the team with three goals this season. Mora is the first Timbers player to score in three MLS regular-season matches in less than ten days in club history. He is also the second Portland player (Jeremy Ebobisse) this season to score a goal in three consecutive matches.