Timbers Battle Sounders to Scoreless Draw, Make it 5 Straight Unbeaten vs Rivals


For the first time in their MLS regular-season history, The Timbers and Sounders battled to a scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon at Lumen Field on 750 The Game.

The draw runs Portland’s current unbeaten streak against their rivals to five straight games. The Timbers entered the match having won four in a row in the series, an all-time record in the history-laden rivalry.

Portland is now unbeaten at Lumen Field in their last eight visits to Seattle. No other team in the league has such a streak of more than four.

There wasn’t much in terms of attacking opportunities for either club in the first half and even the majority of regulation. Things intensified late in the second half and the five minutes of stoppage time, but in the end, Portland goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic was needed to make only one save in the match.

Seattle held the advantage in possession, 61-39 in percentage, but Portland outshot their rivals 9-4 in total shots, and 2-1 in shots on target.

The Timbers have struggled to score goals as of late. They have just one goal scored in their last four matches combined — a Frank Boli goal in last week’s 4-1 loss at Kansas City the lone tally in that stretch.

But claiming a point on the road on Saturday ended a two-game losing streak.

The Timbers now have 17 points through 16 matches played (4 wins, 7 losses, 5 draws). That is good for tenth in the Western Conference standings pending the rest of the league’s results over the weekend.

Portland is next in action on Sun. June 11th hosting FC Dallas at Providence Park. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. with pregame starting at 6:00 p.m. on 750 The Game.





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