Portland supporters unveiled an excellent tifo before the game which had the words ‘Timbers Wonderland’ on it and they were certainly there by full-time as they beat Seattle for the second time in two weeks.
The two sides faced off in the US Open Cup on June 16 as the Timbers won 3-1 after extra-time in a game which saw the Sounders end the match with seven players on the field.
Star strikers Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were two of the men to leave the field in that Open Cup meeting and neither has played since as a result of injury and suspension respectively.
Seattle have lost three straight MLS games since that cup defeat to Portland and Sunday night’s heavy loss only piled more misery on Sigi Schmid and his players.
The Timbers seemed more fired up and seemingly wanted the three points more than their Western Conference rivals. Portland are now just one point behind Seattle at the midpoint of the campaign and are two points behind in this year’s Cascadia Cup series, tied on four points with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Darlington Nagbe opened the scoring with his first goal in 17 MLS games before Lamar Neagle leveled up just before halftime.
Then Portland took control in the second-half as they proved too strong for their rivals. Fanendo Adi and Gaston Fernandez wreaked havoc as the Nigerian netted twice before substitute Rodney Wallace scored in stoppage time to cap off a fine display.
Portland play next on Wednesday night when they face Real Salt Lake in the Open Cup, while Seattle are back in action on Friday night as they host Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United.
How impressive were Portland in their 4-1 win over Seattle on Sunday night?