MLS Playoffs

Portland Timbers 2, Seattle Sounders 1 | 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs

The first playoff series in five years between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders is delicately poised after the Timbers secured a 2-1 victory in Sunday's first leg at Providence Park.

Sebastian Blanco and Jeremy Ebobisse scored during a 12-minute stretch of the first half to give Portland the lead, reversing proceedings after Raul Ruidiaz had put visitors in front on 10 minutes.

Both sides appeared relatively content with the score during a more conservative second half, though the Timbers' Diego Valeri and Sounders' Victor Rodriguez had quality chances late.


  • 10' - SEA - Raul Ruidiaz | WATCH
  • 17' - POR - Jeremy Ebobisse | WATCH
  • 29' - POR - Sebastian Blanco | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Seattle's job in the return leg could be made tougher on Thursday if Cristian Roldan and Chad Marshall aren't available. Roldan injured in the 31st minute and Marshall followed in the 40th, prompting this tweet from the club before halftime:
    Head coach Brian Schmetzer offered an update after the match
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Portland's go-ahead goal was a metaphor for what life has been like for the Timbers when things are going well this season: Valeri doing a lot of the hard work, and Blanco providing the sharpness to turn a medium-quality chance into a high-quality goal.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Valeri provided the inch-perfect service for Ebobisse's equalizer and the motor leading to Blanco's winner. He twice nearly added a third for Portland in the second half, with a long-range effort saved by Stefan Frei and then a difficult first-time volley just over the bar.

Up Next

  • Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2
    Thursday November 8 (10:30 pm ET)
    Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers 
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