In pictures: Sounders keep streak alive with 1-0 win at Portland

The Seattle Sounders are rolling. They set a club record by making it seven wins on the bounce on Sunday, beating Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park.

The game’s only goal came via an own goal, with Portland’s Julio Cascante the unfortunate victim of the game-deciding moment. Seattle weren’t the better side for most of the game but they got the result they needed.

Seattle hadn’t won in the Rose City since August 2014 but they made the most of their opportunity on the night and moved in front of Portland in the Western Conference. The Sounders are now fifth, while the Timbers dropped out of the playoff spots and into seventh.

Check out exclusive photos from the match below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Denise McCooey.

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Gallery: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Portland Timbers – Exclusive photos

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Portland Timbers – MLS Rivalry Week was rounded off by an ever-dramatic Cascadia Cup clash between two of the league’s fiercest rivals. There weren’t an abundance of goals but there was no shortage of talking points.

The Sounders took the lead in the 18th minute, with Cristian Roldan knocking a scrappy goal in after after a goalmouth scramble inside the six-yard box. The home fans didn’t care that it wasn’t pretty. They were on top.

But Portland didn’t give up, despite the fact they’ve still never won at CenturyLink Field in MLS. They pressed for an equaliser and were rewarded on the stroke of halftime.

Diego Valeri’s fine pass to Darren Mattocks resulted in the forward being brought down. Mark Geiger pointed to the spot and Valeri made no mistake, tying the game at 1-1.

That was how it would end. Both sides pressed for a potential winner but to no avail. Nouhou Tolo was sent off in the dying seconds for Seattle after raising his hands to the face of Diego Chara.

The two rivals end MLS Rivalry Week in first and second in the West. Seattle are top on 42 points, with Portland one behind on 41. However, both sides have played more games than Sporting KC, Vancouver and Houston, who are all chasing.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographers Denise McCooey and Paul Kahl.

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Watch: New York and Cascadia rivalries are heating up in MLS

MLS Rivalry Week is here again. The league’s fiercest rivals will battle out for bragging rights, as well as crucial points at a pivotal stage of the season.

The midweek set of fixtures will see the regular season’s final Texas Derby played out. As well as the first of two Cascadia Cup battles over the next five days.

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There is also the latest installment in the ever-dramatic New York Derby, as well as a Rocky Mountain Cup clash, a California Clasico and a 401 Cup duel between Toronto and Montreal.

So yeah, it’s going to be an action-packed week of drama.

Don’t miss: MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

Rivalries are growing across MLS, with fans getting more involved with the culture they bring with every passing season.

To prove that, our friends over at Copa90 have been speaking to fans on all sides of both the Cascadia Cup rivalry and the New York Derby ahead of MLS Rivalry Week.

Check out the video below, as some of Major League Soccer’s most passionate fans explain what the rivalries means to them.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

Major League Soccer: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

BC Place – Wednesday, August 23 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Vancouver 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 2/1

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Preview

Wednesday night sees the latest instalment in the Cascadia Cup series as Vancouver Whitecaps take on rivals Seattle Sounders. The pair are separated by six points in the Western Conference ahead of the game.

Vancouver come into this one having picked up three points against Houston on Saturday. They are currently sitting sixth and are in contention for the playoffs, but there is still plenty of work to do.

The earlier meeting in the season between the two ended with Vancouver winning 2-1. That game was also at BC Place, so it’s a good omen for the home side in this key midweek clash.

However, the Seattle Sounders are in fine form, as they are unbeaten in their last nine. In those nine they have scored 17 goals, conceding just five.

Brian Schmetzer’s side are top of the Western Conference, but are ten points behind Toronto in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Given their form ahead of this game they should be looking to take all three points. They’re unbeaten in four on the road and are a side full of confidence.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Team News

The Whitecaps are expecting to be without two on Wednesday night as David Edgar and Matias Laba are both out.

Seattle Sounders have just the one injury concern. Brad Evans is out.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/W/D/L/W

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Seattle Sounders have only conceded once in their last five games (MLS).

Key Player: Fredy Montero – The Vancouver forward has scored ten goals so far this season. He will be hoping to deliver the goods once again and help his side to three points against their fierce rivals.
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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 Seattle Sounders – Seattle to take all three points and go top of the Cascadia Cup standings on goal difference. The Whitecaps could find themselves outside of the top six if results go against them in this double gameweek, so this is a game with huge implications.

Gallery: Exclusive images as Dempsey rescues Seattle a point in 2-2 draw at Portland

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.

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Gallery: Exclusive photos from Portland’s 2-1 win over Vancouver

Portland Timbers returned to winning ways against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Darlington Nagbe and former Vancouver striker Darren Mattocks.

Nagbe opened the scoring with a thundering strike that went in off the crossbar, leaving David Ousted no chance. Mattocks then doubled the lead before halftime, turning in a Diego Valeri cross to prove that he can be an adequate replacement for Fanendo Adi, who missed out through suspension.

Vancouver battled back to score just before the hour-mark, with Fredy Montero tapping in from the rebound after watching Jeff Attinella save his penalty.

The Whitecaps remain winless away from home, having lost all three road trips this term and now have to prepare for three more on the spin before returning to BC Place in a month.

Portland still top the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings after picking up 16 points through their first eight games.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s Cascadia Cup rivalry clash at Providence Park, courtesy of MLSGB photographer, Denise McCooey.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Venue: Providence Park – Saturday, April 22 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST) 
Match Odds: Portland 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Vancouver 7/2

Match Preview

Portland Timbers face Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening, with the visitors looking for their first away points of the season against their Western opponents.

The Timbers suffered their first home loss of the season and first in nine at Providence Park last time out so the big question is whether they can now bounce back with victory on Saturday.

Caleb Porter’s men still lead the West, as well as the Supporters’ Shield standings, coming into the weekend but they have only won one of their last four and need to pick back up to avoid falling away.

The Portland attack is one of the most dangerous is Major League Soccer but they will be without Fanendo Adi on Saturday after he picked up a one-match suspension. Even without Adi, the Whitecaps defence is not likely to keep them out if they’re on song.

Vancouver got a an important win under their belt last week, edging past Seattle Sounders 2-1 at BC Place in the first Cascadia Cup clash of the 2017 season.

They will need to be ready for another battle if they are to leave Providence Park with anything on Saturday and will be concerned by the fact they’ve conceded six goals in their two road trips so far this season.

Carl Robinson’s men can move three points behind Portland with a win on Saturday, which would provide a major boost for the club after a rough start to the campaign. But a defeat would still leave them with plenty of questions to answer.

These sides met three times last season. The home team was victorious in each meeting, with Vancouver winning two of those contests. There were 14 goals in the three clashes, so another entertaining game is expected on Saturday.

Team News

Portland have been dealt a major blow as Fanendo Adi has been handed a one-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for an elbow on Ike Opara in last week’s loss. Gbenga Arokoyo is out for the season, while Ben Zemanski is also out. Liam Ridgewell is listed as ‘questionable’ and isn’t likely to return to action this week.

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Vancouver still have six players out injured as Brett Levis, Yordy Reyna, David Edgar, Erik Hurtado, Brek Shea and Marco Bustos are all sidelined.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ form: W/L/D/W/L

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L/W/L/W

Key Stat: Portland have only won one of the last six regular season meetings between the two sides, with Vancouver taking three victories in that time and outscoring the Timbers 11-8.

Key Player: Diego Valeri – Portland’s star man is still one of, if not the best, playmakers in MLS. He has seven goals and three assists in seven games so far this season and will expect to unlock a leaky Vancouver defence even without Fanendo Adi to supply this weekend.

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – It’s difficult to see Portland blowing the Whitecaps away without the suspended Adi this weekend, although they will still expect to take three points from a side that are struggling on the road. Vancouver will be able to cause the Timbers problems but the hosts look poised to bounce back from last week’s defeat with an important victory over their rivals here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, September 17 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Seattle 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Vancouver 100/30

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the latest battle between these Cascadia Cup rivals on Saturday afternoon, in what is a huge battle between sides stuck outside the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Seattle have seen their form pick up since long-time manager Sigi Schmid left his position in the summer. The arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro has inspired a change of fortunes but they still have a lot of work left to do if they are to make the postseason.

The Sounders sit ninth in the West heading into the weekend, six points off the final remaining playoff spot with seven to play. It’s up for grabs but they need to be winning games like this one if they are to make the playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake - Dempsey, Morris and Lodeiro

A 1-1 draw at San Jose last time out took their winless run to three but the Sounders have only lost one of their last seven and look solid at the moment.

The same can’t be said for the Whitecaps, even if they did win 3-1 at Columbus last weekend. That victory snapped an eight-game winless run and they now need to build on it if they are to move back into the top six.

Vancouver have just five games left, including this one, to try and recover. They will face the Sounders again in two weeks in what should be an even more intense battle than the one set to play out at CenturyLink Field.

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Vancouver had only scored one goal in seven prior to the victory at MAPFRE Stadium last time out, so goalscoring has clearly been a major problem for Carl Robinson’s troops.

The only other meeting this season ended 2-1 to Vancouver in Seattle back in Week 3. These two are also fighting each other and Portland for the Cascadia Cup Series, with the ‘Caps three points behind the Timbers in the race for that accolade.

Team News

Seattle will be without Aaron Kovar and Clint Dempsey once again, with Dempsey still yet to return following concerns about an irregular heartbeat. Nicolas Lodeiro will look to lead the team to victory and will be out to feed Jordan Morris as much as possible. Roman Torres returned from a long-term injury at San Jose and may keep his place at centre-back. Joevin Jones and Ossie Alonso are one booking away from a suspension.

Vancouver have two injury concerns themselves, with Christian Dean and Kekuta Manneh both sidelined for Saturday’s derby. Star centre-back Kendall Waston is one booking away from suspension and needs to therefore be careful.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/D/L/D

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Vancouver has won four consecutive away games at Seattle in MLS, including a 2-1 win there back in March. In that time, the Whitecaps have outscored the Sounders 10-2 at CenturyLink Field.

Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – Seattle’s summer signing has been sensational since joining the club. He has six assists and three goals in seven games and looks dangerous every time he gets the ball. If Vancouver fail to cope with Lodeiro, they’ll be in for a long afternoon.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – The Sounders to end their three-year wait for a regular season home win over Vancouver with a narrow victory on Saturday. The Whitecaps may have won their last outing but they’ve been in dreadful form over the past couple of months and don’t look like a side ready for the playoffs. Seattle are pushing hard and will likely move in front of their Cascadia rivals on Saturday.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, August 21 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle 3/5 – Draw 14/5 – Portland 4/1

Match Preview

The Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers in the latest Cascadia Cup rivalry clash on Sunday night, with plenty at stake between these fierce Western Conference enemies, who are meeting over the next two weekends in MLS.

Seattle currently look like a different side to the team that has struggled to build any momentum all season, with Nicolas Lodeiro’s arrival sparking a three-game unbeaten streak and reigniting playoff hopes.

The Uruguayan playmaker has been exceptional since joining MLS and has also brought new energy to the likes of Jordan Morris and Clint Dempsey, who are both now looking to help fire the Sounders into the postseason after a tumultuous campaign.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake - Dempsey, Morris and Lodeiro

The visit of fierce rivals Portland on Sunday presents a huge chance to edge closer to the red line in the West. Seattle are in ninth place heading into the weekend, five points behind the Timbers, who occupy sixth place ahead of Week 24.

Portland know they must avoid defeat to keep their own playoff hopes on track as they remain on course to try and defend their MLS Cup title during the postseason.

However, it’s been a rough few weeks for last year’s champions, having lost three of their last four. They have now only won two of their last eight in MLS and need to pick back up to avoid falling off the pace at a crucial time.

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This will be the 16th MLS meeting between these to northwest rivals. Seattle hold the advantage based on previous clashes, having won seven to Portland’s four, with five games ending in a draw.

The reverse fixture this season saw Portland win 3-1 last month, thanks to a fine Diego Valeri brace. The two sides know that no matter what happens on Sunday, bragging rights will again be at stake next weekend when they do battle at Providence Park yet again. Strap yourselves in.

Team News

The Sounders remain without Aaron Kovar and Roman Torres for the visit of Portland on Sunday, while Erik Friberg is a doubt with a thigh problem. Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris will form an attacking trio that will look to hurt the Portland backline here.

Portland remain without defensive star Nat Borchers, while Zarek Valentin, Ben Zemanski and Darren Mattocks are all doubts. Diego Chara will return to the side following his suspension for the trip to DC United last weekend, while Vytautas Andriuskevicius will continue at left-back.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/D/W/W

Portland Timbers’ last five: W/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Portland have not scored a goal on the road in 406 minutes of MLS action, with their last away goal coming in a 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake on June 18.

Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – The new Sounders DP has made an incredible impact since joining the Sounders earlier this month. He has helped the team go unbeaten since arriving and has three assists and one goal in his three MLS appearances so far. If he continues in that form, he’ll likely pick the Timbers apart in front of the home fans on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 3-1 Portland Timbers – The Sounders look like a different side with Lodeiro in the team. They have form and home advantage in their favour ahead of this one and should prove too strong for a struggling Timbers side on Sunday evening. Portland have still never won at CenturyLink Field in MLS and that record looks set to continue, though no matter the result, revenge will be up from grabs in a week’s time.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders

Stadium: Providence Park – Sunday, July – Time ET (Time BST)

Match Odds: Team A 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Team B 12/5

Match Preview

Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night in the latest Cascadia Cup battle between two underperforming Western Conference sides.

This is arguably Major League Soccer’s most intense rivalry and both sets of supporters will be desperate to get a win in this one. The sides are separated by six points coming into the weekend so this is a huge clash.

Portland are failing to pick up many points. They are sitting outside the playoffs by two points and have drawn three-straight games ahead of this one. While they are looking tough to beat, Portland must start winning more regularly.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers

Caleb Porter knows his side are more than capable of building momentum in the latter stages of the season, and they will need to if they are to have a chance of retaining their MLS Cup title come December.

The Timbers are unbeaten in eight ahead of this one so will be confident of avoiding defeat, at the very least.

Seattle are stuck in ninth place heading into the weekend’s fixtures. They will be on a high after thumping FC Dallas 5-0 on Wednesday night, but that win was their first in five, and they suffered a major blow by losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in that match.

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas Dempsey Red Card

 

The Sounders talisman will now miss Sunday’s game, which will do little to increase the fans’ optimism ahead of a crucial fixture. Sigi Schmid’s men have now lost six of their last nine MLS games and have it all to do if they are to make the playoffs.

This will be the first meeting of the year between these two great rivals. They will play twice more in August but all attentions will be on Sunday’s match for now. You don’t want to miss this one.

 

Team News

Portland have three injury worries heading into Sunday’s game. Adam Kwarasey is still sidelined, while Diego Valeri and Darren Mattocks are both unlikely to recover in time to feature. Diego Chara returns from suspension and will come back into the side, while Jack McInerney will hope to keep his place after scoring in the midweek draw with Montreal.

Seattle Sounders come into this huge rivalry game without their talismanic forward, Clint Dempsey. He will serve a one-game suspension for a red card picked up in Wednesday’s win against Dallas. Roman Torres remains out for Seattle, while Brad Evans is a doubt with a calf strain.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ form: D/W/D/D/D

Seattle Sounders’ form: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Portland have only won one of their last six clashes with Seattle in Major League Soccer (D1 L4).

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Portland striker has not scored in four matches but does tend to enjoy playing against Seattle. He has four in his last four MLS games against the Sounders and will look to get the better of a defence that has kept just one away clean sheet all year.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-1 Seattle Sounders – Every game between these Cascadia rivals is huge, but Sunday’s contest is particularly important given how both side’s are struggling for form in the Western Conference. A win for either side would be a major boost, but Seattle look set to struggle without Dempsey. Portland have home advantage and will look to end their three-game draw streak with a seventh home win of the season.