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Sounders fall to Portland, 2-0

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 27, 2008 at 8:23 am with No Comments »
April 27, 2008 8:23 am

The USL Seatte Sounders fell to 0-1-1 on the season after a 2-0 loss at Portland on Saturday night.

Here’s a report from The Oregonian, and below is the release from the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders second game of the year ended in a 2-0 loss with goals from Takayuki Suzuki and Miguel Guante for Portland.

Traveling to a hostile venue at PGE Park in Portland for the first game of the Cascadia cup, the match was exciting and intense with nearly 30 shots and 21 fouls combined.

Coming off a 1-1 draw in Charleston, the Sounders got off to a shaky in the first minute when a missed clearance by Kevin Sakuda led to a low cross from Chris Brown that was just cleared.

After escaping early trouble, the Sounders were able to enjoy some possession, but the Timbers got on the scoreboard early when an incredible strike by Takayuki Suzuki in the seventh minute gave Portland the advantage. The play started with a long ball that was lobbed in and found Suzuki who dribbled left and shot from 20 yards and hit top shelf for the goal.

The Sounders didn’t panic after the score. With Leighton O’Brien back with the side after missing last week’s game with a hip pointer, the Sounders midfield played with more confidence and maturity and gradually began to pressure the Timbers backline.

Seattle seemed sure to score in the 23rd when Taylor Graham had a header on an open net, but the challenge was good and the header went wide.

As the half progressed, though enjoying a majority of the possession and weaving into the box multiple times, Seattle was unable to find a finish touch sending in 11 shots in the half, but forcing keeper Ray Burse to make only three saves.

The second half kicked off to tentative start as both sides looked to feel each other out again. As the 60th minute approached, only Portland had taken one shot in the half.

Seattle nearly scored in the 69th minute when Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar whipped in a cross that found Kenji Treschuk’s head, but the save was made by Ray Burse.

With the 80th minute approaching, the Timbers began to look for the dagger and in the 76th minute Miguel Guante scored the second Timbers goal. The goal started with Suzuki coming down the right side who found Guante who hit the left corner past a diving Chris Eylander.

In the 84th minute Sebastien LeToux nearly got one back when he sent in a screaming shot that was saved well by Burse.

In the span of two minutes near the 90th minute the Sounders created three corner kicks to add to the 10 they already had created.

The game ended with Portland earning the 2-0 victory.

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