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Portland Timbers
POR
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Seattle Sounders FC
SEA
Sunday, October 13, 20139:00 PM
JELD-WEN FieldMLS Regular SeasonSunnyESPN,ESPN Deportes,TSN2Attendance: 20674

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 45'PORKalif Alhassan 
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 76'SEA Clint DempseyDissent
 74'SEA Osvaldo AlonsoFight
 72'SEA Jhon Kennedy HurtadoFoul
 45'+1'POR Kalif AlhassanExcessive celebration
 26'SEA Adam MoffatFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 86'POR
Sal Zizzo (M)
Kalif Alhassan (M)
 84'POR
Frédéric Piquionne (F)
Maximiliano Urruti (F)
 81'SEA
Andy Rose (D)
Alex Caskey (M)
 77'SEA
Steve Zakuani (M)
Clint Dempsey (F)
 67'POR
Ben Zemanski (M)
José Adolfo Valencia (F)
 57'SEA
David Estrada (F)
Mauro Rosales (M)

Starting Formations

1Ricketts13Jewsbury98Danso44Kah5Harrington21Chara4Johnson11Alhassan6Nagbe37Urruti20ValenciaM10783018143524Hahnemann17Yedlin34Hurtado4Ianni12Gonzalez10Rosales26Moffat6Alonso14Caskey27Neagle2DempseyM198111162522RAA4

Lineups

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Portland Timbers
1GDonovan Ricketts
13DJack Jewsbury
98DMamadou Danso
44DPa-Modou Kah
5DMichael Harrington
21MDiego Chara
4MWill Johnson
11MKalif Alhassan
6FDarlington Nagbe
37FMaximiliano Urruti
20FJosé Adolfo Valencia
Seattle Sounders FC
24GMarcus Hahnemann
17DDeAndre Yedlin
34DJhon Kennedy Hurtado
4DPatrick Ianni
12DLeonardo Gonzalez
10MMauro Rosales
26MAdam Moffat
6MOsvaldo Alonso
14MAlex Caskey
27FLamar Neagle
2FClint Dempsey
Bench
10Frédéric Piquionne
7Sal Zizzo
8Diego Valeri
30Milos Kocic
18Brad Ring
14Ben Zemanski
35Andrew Jean-Baptiste
 
19Djimi Traore
8Marc Burch
1Michael Gspurning
11Steve Zakuani
16David Estrada
25Andy Rose
22Eriq Zavaleta
Managers
  Caleb Porter
 
  Siegfried Schmid
OFFICIALS

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RefereeHilario Grajeda  
Assistant RefereeCorey Rockwell  
Assistant RefereeGregory Barkey  
Fourth OfficialRicardo Salazar  
Sunday, October 13, 2013
9:00 PM
JELD-WEN Field
ESPN,ESPN Deportes,TSN2

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers’ late-season Supporters’ Shield push got a huge boost with an impassioned 1-0 victory on Sunday evening over Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders at a raucous JELD-WEN Field, all but securing their first-ever spot in the MLS playoffs.

A goal by forward Kalif Alhassan, playing due to an injury to the club’s offensive leader Diego Valeri, right before the halftime whistle was all Portland needed – not to mention two Seattle shots that drew woodwork – to not only leapfrog the skidding Sounders but also Real Salt Lake to the top of the Western Conference standings.

The Timbers are now tied on points with the New York Red Bulls with 53 points from 32 games, although New York hold the tiebreaker.

Seattle’s remarkable slide continues as they are now winless in their last five matches, including three straight losses by a combined score of 10-2, dropping them to third place in the West with 51 points from 32 games.

And true to the rivalry between the two clubs, a late fracas broke out after a hard foul on Timbers forward Darlington Nagbe in the 73rd minute. It resulted in Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso being shown red for an elbow to the face of his counterpart Will Johnson.

Seattle were unable to take advantage of Clint Dempsey’s first start for the club since Aug. 31. The US national team captain has been limited for more than a month with a hamstring injury, which has also kept him out of the USMNT’s final two World Cup qualifiers. He also appeared to pick up another knock when he began to favor his right shoulder early in the match, having to go to the touchline several times to receive treatment.

The Sounders also made a change in the net with veteran goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann taking over for normal starter Michael Gspurning, who fell out of favor after allowing nine goals in his previous two matches.

But it was of no use on the game’s only goal when a Jack Jewsbury free kick deflected to an open Alhassan, who fired a missile from about 20 yards out past a hapless Hahnemann.

Seattle put together the game’s first real threat of the night when Lamar Neagle nearly headed home a Mauro Rosales free kick in the 13th minute, requiring a lunging save by Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

And on the ensuing corner kick, Dempsey nearly opened his account with the Sounders. But his header clanged off the crossbar.

Despite controlling much of the early action, Portland hung on for a frantic final 20 minutes as the 10-man Sounders desperately pushed for the equalizer. And they nearly got it when a Steve Zakuani shot pinged off the crossbar in the first minute of stoppage time.

The Timbers win also means the Vancouver Whitecaps officially win the Cascadia Cup, the regional derby among the three Pacific Northwest clubs, for the first time since joining MLS.

Portland next play host to Real Salt Lake on Oct. 20 in a top-of-the-table clash at JELD-WEN Field. Seattle next play at FC Dallas on the same day.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Darlington Nagbe Unbelievable, mature performance from star attacker, who didn't score, but operated as main playmaker along front line, completing 42 of 46 passes while driving the attack.
2 Will Johnson Won the 50-50 balls, fought the dirty fights and probably had a big hand in Alonso's red card changing the game.
3 Donovan Ricketts Only two saves, but each was a massive, game-saving stop on either side of halftime. Jamaica could've used that.