It’s gone final, a disappointing 1-1 draw for the Sounders, who led from the 13th minute to the 90th, when they took a lot of air out of what had been a festive crowd.
I’ll be back with notes and quotes.
90′ Timbers goal to Wallace, assist to Baptiste. About three minutes of stoppage time left. 1-1.
81′ Final Sounders sub: Caskey in for Zakuani.
75′ Sounders, 1-0.
69′ Obafemi Martins makes his Sounders debut, coming on for Mario Martinez. Great welcome from the crowd.
61st minute: First Sounders sub: Ochoa out, Rosales in.
Through 60: Timbers showing good possession. But still, Seattle 1-0.
Second half: … is under way. No changes for either side.
Halftime: Sounders 1, Timbers 0.
However, shots 7-3 Timbers; on target, 2-1 Sounders; corners 2-0 Timbers; duels 51.5% Timbers; possession, 51.5% Timbers.
Through 35 minutes: Still Sounders 1-0. But play has shifted largely to Timbers’ attacking end recently.
13′ GOAL Sounders, Eddie Johnson finishing after long Steve Zakuani run after misplay by Portland’s Chara near midfield. Seattle, 1-0.
First kick: … has been struck. Here we go.
Introductions: Both teams take the pitch. Obafemi Martins receives nice hand on way to the bench, and he acknowledges it with a wave.
Sounders in rave/blue; Timbers in secondary Rose City red kits.
No major tifo today. Just lots of flags. Check back on Aug. 25, I guess.
Lineups: Sounders starters: ounders starters: Gspurning; D Yedlin, Traore, Hurtado, Burch; Martinez, Alonso, Rose, Zakuani; F Ochoa, Johnson. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Gonzalez, Caskey, Rosales, Carrasco, MARTINS.
For Timbers: Ricketts; Zemanski, Jean-Baptiste, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, Jewsbury, W. Johnson-C; Valeri, R. Johnson, Nagbe. Reserves: Kocic, Miller, Tucker-Gangnes, Wallace, Alhassan, Piquonne, Valencia.
Martins in: Sounders owner Joe Roth has announced that new DP Obafemi Martins will be in the 18-man gameday roster vs. Timbers.
Seating: We had been told normal seating configuration for today’s game. However, a couple of sections in the northeast corner of the upper deck are open for traveling Portland supporters.
Pregame: At CenturyLink Field, where it is cloudy and breezy a couple of hours before tonight’s Cascadia Cup match between Seattle and Portland.
First kick is scheduled for 5:20, but national television coverage on NBCSN begins at 5. The game also will be heard on the usual radio outlets, I’ll blog here and add comments @donruiztnt.
I’ll be back with news as it happens. Next thing I know of will be the lineups, which should be interesting — both for the starters, and for whether Obafemi Martins made the Sounders’ 18.