Timbers fall 3-0 to Sounders in regular season re-start
The Portland Timbers were knotted at halftime with their rivals, but a trio of Seattle goals in the second half sealed a 3-0 final at Providence Park, in what was the first match of the regular season re-start for the Timbers, played with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus global pandemic.
In the fifth minute, defender Chris Duvall seemingly produced a career highlight with a strike from the top of the box into the net, but VAR overturned the brilliance.
Didn’t count (offsides) but this was a SCREAMER from Chris Duvall. 🔥 #PORvSEA pic.twitter.com/7K6q5yi9ry
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 24, 2020
Diego Valeri had a good looking opportunity in extra time of the first half, but sent his shot high of the bar.
The two sides went to halftime scoreless. Early in the second half, a Jorge Villafana cross found a rising Jeremy Ebobisse header, but it went just high.
Marvin Loria blasted a shot in the 58th minute to a near-side post, forcing a save from Seattle keeper Stefan Frei.
Raul Ruidiaz highlighted the next moments for the Sounders, first in the 69th minute when he touched a near gimme goal wide of the posts.
Three minutes later, Ruidiaz redeemed his miss with a brilliant redirect that hit woodwork, bounced off Clark and went in for the match’s first goal.
Leading 1-0, Seattle’s Ruidiaz found another in the 72nd minute after getting behind the Timbers defense and chipping Steve Clark.
Before you could fully process Ruidiaz’s second, Seattle netted another in the 85th minute from Kelvin Leerdam.
The result brings the Timbers tally in the regular season to 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie, remaining on ten points.
Portland’s schedule continues Wednesday with a road visit to San Jose Earthquakes, pregame at 6:30pm on 750 The Game.