Heineken MLS Rivalry Week was rounded off with a typically dramatic Cascadia Cup clash as the Seattle Sounders scored in the dying seconds of the game to earn a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Portland Timbers’ Providence Park on Sunday night.
The Sounders took the lead inside the first half an hour as Joevin Jones scored from his own rebounded shot, but the game turned on its head just before halftime. Brad Evans brought Darlington Nagbe down inside his own box, denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, which led to the Timbers being awarded a penalty and Evans being sent for a very early shower.
Fanendo Adi scored his 50th MLS goal from the spot to get the Timbers supporters on their feet, and they wasted no time in taking advantage of their numerical advantage as Dairon Asprilla headed the hosts in front in first-half stoppage time.
The Sounders went in down a goal and down a man. But they had Clint Dempsey to turn to. The attacker was a surprise omission from the starting lineup but Brian Schmetzer’s choice paid dividends. He sent Dempsey on for Jordan Morris in the 56th minute and it proved decisive.
The scorching heat caused by a heatwave in the Pacific Northwest meant that kickoff had to be delayed, but Seattle showed great character and even better fitness levels to stay in the game and they were rewarded when Dempsey rose above Amobi Okugo in the 94th minute to head in a Roman Torres cross to ensure the points were shared.
The result moves Portland up to third in the Western Conference, five points of leaders Sporting KC, while Seattle stay eighth but are just one point outside the top six. Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s match below, courtesy of MLSGB Photographer Denise McCooey.