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Sounders v Timbers - MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals

The nation's most storied soccer rivalry enters the second season with Seattle hosting leg one and just five days later Portland has leg two. NBC Sports is carrying the 2nd leg at 8 PM with Arlo White on the call. The Timbers hold a one goal lead with 90 minutes left to play. The winner on aggregate score gets not just advance to the Conference Final. If the score is tied on aggregate at the end of the regulation 180 two 15 minute periods of Extra Time will be added. If still tied kicks will be taken from the spot. Prepare. Support. React. Again.

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Joseph: The Sounders' gamble that didn't pay off

Despite his best efforts, Joseph was simply never able to do what the Sounders had wanted of him.

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Highlights (?), Quotes from the Portland loss

And just like that, the Sounders season comes to a close.

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Sounders crash out of MLS Cup Playoffs to Portland

The final aggregate score looks respectable. Leg 2 was not. False hope was granted, but failure consumed Seattle in the first 45 minutes of leg two.

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Sounders v Timbers - Leg Two 2nd Half Gamethread

Well now Seattle is down three goals with just 45 minutes of life left in their second season.

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Sounders at Timbers - Playoffs Leg 2 - Gamethread

Portland enters the 8 PM NBC Sports Net match with a one goal lead. The winner by total aggregate score moves on to the Western Conference Finals. If tied on aggregate at the end of 90 minutes two 15 minute periods of Extra Time will be played. There is no Golden Goal. If still tied kicks will be taken from the penalty spot.

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What Has Come Before and What Will Be

Nothing is certain. Not even a lead in the home leg of a playoff series.

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Sounders at Portland Timbers - Leg Two Questions

Heading down for a road match down a goal Seattle will need to do what only one team has done to Caleb Porter's club in MLS play - win at the Glass House.

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YNYA Films presents: I Do Not Fear. (video)

"I do not fear... for you are with me."

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Game State, Regarding Portland v. Seattle

Lies, Damn Lies, and Media Narratives

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Second leg history of Sounders FC

Comebacks when down heading into two legs are not rare (they aren't really common either), as Joshua Mayers points out Sunday. Even better Seattle's pretty good in the second leg historically.

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Sounders down only one goal at half. (Animated)

The Seattle Sounders FC chase the Timbers back home to Portland being down one goal after the first leg, losing 1-2 on Saturday night. If not for a late goal by Osvaldo Alsonso, leg two might have been lost. As it stands the Sounders still have the lights on going into Thursday's second leg.

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Pace and Possession favor Seattle, still lose

This may seem like sticking the hand up the puppet of statistics -- and maybe it is -- but when a possession-based team has their worst outing of the year by that measure just maybe Seattle Sounders FC did something right last night.

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Sounders vs. Timbers: Highlights, stats, quotes

The Timbers picked up a pair of goals, but the Sounders have some shred of life after picking up one of their own.

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Sounders head to leg two down a goal

Eventually the season long issue of an offense that could not generate chances and then was worse than league average at converting those would fall victim to that issue. Seattle lost to Portland due to a defensive gaffe, a brilliant goal and an offense that sputtered.

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Sounders v Timbers - Leg One Gamethread

2013's MLS Cup Playoff run continues with one the grand spectacle of Portland v Seattle. NBC Sports Network has your TV. There is both national and local radio. Kickoff is shortly after 7:00 PM Pacific. The series is decided by total aggregate score. Away legs do not count extra. Portland gets to host overtime if necessary.

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2013's Scouting Reports of Timbers v Sounders

The first link is to the match at Portland that ended in a loss, but not as bad the non-Timbers game's prior. Michael Orr provided some insight for match two between the Cascadian sides and the change to the diamond helps with some of the things he mentions. And at the beginning of the season, we knew little about how exactly Portland would play under Porter. Back then they used wide spaces much more often than now.

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Football lines

"[Fans] should be prepared for a football field pretending to be a soccer field," Sounders general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer told reporters on Thursday. "It’s the unfortunate reality of a two professional-team stadium with the timing. We probably could’ve avoided this if we had done a little better job collecting points toward the end of the season."

Oshan wrote this at MLSSoccer.com It's all true. It is disappointing and sadly inevitable. It could have been avoided by merely earning two more points in the regular season. But there will be tens of thousands more at this game than any non-Sounders Playoff game. That's kind of cool.
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Sounders v Timbers - Playoffs 11 Questions

The two MLS Cup Playoff clubs are as familiar with each other as possible, yet they can still learn more. Saturday's first leg promises to have everything that makes for historic moments (national TV, rivalry, high stakes and a huge crowd).

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