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June
28th

Sounders lose third straight, 4-1 at Portland

TImbers Army pregame tifo.
TImbers Army pregame tifo.

It’s gone final, Fanendo Adi scoring the pair of late goals that made the difference, as Portland won 4-1 over the Sounders at Providence Park.

Darlington Nagbe had given the Timbers their first lead in the12th minute, but Lamar Neagle equalized in the 39th minute, and that’s where things stood until Adi’s brace in the 74th and 76th minutes.

Rodney Wallace added the last one in stoppage time.

Here’s Sigi Schmid’s opening statement:

Portland was the better team. It was a deserved victory. I don’t know if the score line was exactly deserved. They were all over us in the first 30 minutes. We got ourselves in the game with the free-kick goal. I thought the first 15 minutes of the second half we played well – I thought that was our best phase. But then we just made silly errors at the end and just weren’t alert enough, so they the deserved victor.

It’s the Sounders third-straight loss, one short of the club record (2013).

Seattle falls to 9-7-2 and remains three points behind Vancouver in the West, six behind DC for Supporters Shield and now just one point ahead of Portland (8-6-4).

In the Cascadia Cup, it’s now Seattle 2-1-0, Vancouver 1-1-1 and Portland 1-2-1.
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June
28th

Gameday comes: Timbers-Sounders at 4 PT

portland_100Here is our game preview from the Sunday paper, one from The Oregonian and below some basics:

PORTLAND TIMBERS (7-6-4; 25 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-6-2; 29 POINTS)
4 p.m. Sunday, Providence Park, Portland
TV:
Fox Sports 1. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS regular-season series 6-2-4. The series is even 2-2-2 in Portland. The Sounders won the April 26 at CenturyLink Field, 1-0. The Timbers won the Open Cup match last week in Tukwila, 3-1, in extra time. The clubs meet again Aug. 30 in Seattle. Across all leagues and competitions, Seattle leads the series 46-32-12.
NOTES: This is the third game in nine days for both teams. … The Sounders arrive after their first back-to-back losses of the season, while Portland had a club-record four-game winning streak stopped, 5-0, at Los Angeles. …. Seattle designated player Clint Dempsey is serving last of a three-game disciplinary suspension. Portland DP defender Liam Ridgewell is out after drawing a red-card at LA. … Seattle DP forward Obafemi Martins (leg) is out. However, forward Chad Barrett and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso are expected to return after missing time with hamstring injuries. Central defender Brad Evans (groin) is questionable. … Forward Andy Craven is eligible for his MLS debut after being promoted from the S2 USL team Saturday. … Dempsey and Martins are Seattle’s goals leaders with seven each, and Dempsey leads with six assists. Portland is led by Fanendo Adi’s six goals. Jorge Villafana and Rodney Wallace have three assists each. … Portland coach Caleb Porter was born in Tacoma. … The Timbers are 4-1-3 at home, while the Sounders are 3-4-1 away. … Seattle leads the 2015 Cascadia Cup competition, 2-0-0, followed by Vancouver 1-1-1 and Portland 0-2-1. … The local forecast calls for temperatures around 90 at game time. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.
QUOTE: “We want to be as healthy as possible going into the July 3 game against DC, and we’re not putting players out there and risk players and have them aggravate or re-aggravate an injury and have them out for another two or three weeks. … So we’re going to put the best team out there, and we want to get a result in Portland, and we’re going to go after it.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on him lineup considerations. Read more »

June
27th

Reign remains unbeaten at home

ReignFCReign beat Kansas City, 2-1. Here’s the game report from the club:

Seattle Reign FC (5-2-2, 17 pts) continued its home unbeaten streak with a pair of second half goals in a matchup against FC Kansas City (3-5-2, 11 pts) on Saturday, June 27 in front of a crowd of 3,331 on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium.

Seattle extended its undefeated streak at Memorial Stadium to 18 games with the result — dating back to the start of the 2014 season — while bringing its season unbeaten streak to six games.

That six game stretch has occurred while Seattle has been without its pair of U.S. Women’s National Team players: forward Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.
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June
27th

Timbers’ Will Johnson on Galaxy/Sounders

Johnson
Johnson

The MLS schedule has served the Portland Timbers back-to-back helpings of its two winningest teams since 2009: the Los Angeles Galaxy, who beat Portland 5-0 at midweek, and the Seattle Sounders, who visit Portland tomorrow.

Veteran midfielder Will Johnson was asked about both.

On LA getting hot: That’s standard. The Galaxy in the summer, down the stretch are always going to be there. If you want to win a trophy – a real, proper Major League Soccer trophy – you’re going to have to go through the Galaxy at some point, as we’ve seen over the past five years. Not surprising for someone who’s been along for a long time: They know how to get it done at the business end of the season.

On the Sounders, even without Dempsey and Martins: Obviously the way this league is set up, the designated players are massive Read more »

June
27th

S2 forward Craven added to first-team roster

S2 forward Andy Craven added to Sounders first-team roster and available for match tomorrow at Portland Timbers.

“He’s just been S2’s most consistent forward,” coach Sigi Schmid said after Saturday training. “We’ve got to get through a month without Oba – the month of July – and Dempsey for most of that month. We just felt we needed more depth at that position and Craven’s been the player on S2 who’s consistently been goal-dangerous and worked hard up front. … Sometimes you throw guys in and you see if he can sink or swim. He’s a guy who I think can swim. We drafted him, he through a situation in preseason we didn’t think he was doing as well. We offered him the opportunity with S2 because we thought there was something there, and he fought and battled and fought his way back into a contract, and I think the speaks miles about his character.”

Here’s the news release from the club:

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June
26th

USA goes to WCC semis with 1-0 win over China

WW15Here’s the game report from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Women’s National Team recorded its fourth consecutive shutout to defeat China PR 1-0 in the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and advance to the tournament Semifinal.

Carli Lloyd, starting as the team’s captain, earned her 200th cap and headed in the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute. Lloyd is the third WNT player to score on her 200th cap. Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly are the others to achieve the feat.

Hope Solo and the USA back line have now held opponents scoreless for 423 straight minutes in this year’s World Cup, the longest clean sheet streak in U.S. World Cup history. The win was the 134th of Solo’s career, which moved her past Brianna Scurry and into first place on the USA’s all-time list.

The USA is the only country to reach the Semifinal in all seven Women’s World Cups. The WNT continues it World Cup quest against Germany on Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The Semifinal will take place at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. The game will be broadcast live on FOX. Fans can also follow in-game updates on Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp ).

Germany beat France 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks to earn its spot in the Semifinal. This will be the fourth time the U.S. has met Germany in Women’s World Cup play. The WNT holds a 2-1-0 record against the European nation.
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June
26th

Reign: USA viewing party today, game Saturday

ReignFCHere’s a club release on the viewing party:

Join Seattle Reign FC on June 26 at 3:30 p.m. PT for an official viewing party hosted in conjunction with the American Outlaws at The Atlantic Crossing as the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) take on the China PR Women’s National Team.

The USWNT recorded its third consecutive shutout to defeat Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and book its ticket to the tournament Quarterfinals.
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