It had been more than four years since the Timbers last beat the Sounders, but two early goals by Kris Boyd and David Horst halted that losing streak as Portland defeated their Northwest rival 2-1 at Jeld-Wen Field Sunday afternoon.
Seattle came in to the game winless in their last six MLS matches, the worst such streak for the team since they joined the MLS, and were looking at ending the skid against the Timbers.
However, in the 16th minute, Boyd was able to find the back of the net and the Timbers would not relinquish the lead from there on.
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The Timbers would make the hole ever harder for Seattle to crawl out of by tacking on another goal in the 25th minute when Horst was able to head a Frank Songo'o cross past Sounders keeper Andrew Weber.
Things got a little dicey for the Timbers in the second half, though, as Seattle began to control possession more. After a couple threats, in the 58th minute, Seattle's Eddie Johnson finally cut the Timber's lead in half after knocking in a shot in the top left corner for a goal.
Emotions were high all game, but things finally boiled over late in the second half when a scuffle broke out involving almost all players on the pitch. It resulted in two red cards being handed out, one to Fredy Montero and one to Lovel Palmer. The incident will also almost certainly be further reviewed by the MLS.
The Timbers move to 4-6-4 on the year and are 8th in the Western Conference standings with 16 points.
However, the Timbers do lead the Cascadia Cup standings early on. After two match-ups for each team Portland is atop the standings with 4 points. Vancouver is second with two points, while Seattle is third with a single point.
Portland will now travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids June 30th.