Sounders at Timbers - MLS Cup Playoffs Leg Two - Gamethread

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The MLS Cup Playoffs are a crazy event where two teams visit each others' houses and try to end dreams. Home field means little. It is the Playoff most prone to luck, randomness and good fortune. They are what they are. Tonight, Seattle Sounders FC look to join history and end the dreams the Caleb Porter led Portland Timbers. They do so down a goal that they gave up during leg one.

Leg two must be different. Sigi Schmid's lineup choices will matter a bit, but more importantly will a team stacked with talent perform up to the level expected of themselves and blow the Glass House down? Wide spaces must be defended. Goals must be scored. Clint, Oba and Eddie must be themselves, not their recent shells. It is time for Portland to get out of the way.

Move Timbs, get out the way
Get out the way Timbs, get out the way
Move Kah, get out the way
Get out the way Futts, get out the way

OH NO! The night's out
I'ma 'bout to score yo...lights out
Get the F- back, guard ya goal
There's somethin' wrong, ya gonna score nil
I've been shootin' and scoring' two
and I been thinkin' of endin' you

TV: NBC SN (ARLO/Martino)
Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM Seattle - SiriusXF FC (Fletcher/Keller)
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM (Aleman/Hernandez)

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
AR1 (bench): Paul Scott; AR2 (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Dave Gantar

Suspended: SEA: Lamar Neagle (caution accumulation; through Nov. 7)

Warnings: SEA: Eddie Johnson | PDX: Rodney Wallace, Ben Zemanski (suspended next yellow card)

Tactical Keys

  • Control Center
  • Set Piece Attack
  • Defend Wide Spaces
  • Be Wonderful

Player Matchups

  • Dempsey v Chara
  • Alonso v Valeri
  • Oba versus his groin

How We're Watching
Scarf: The Enemy's Goal Is Down
Kit: "Everything I Have" T-Shirt
Where I'm Watching: Home

Nos Audietis In Somniis | Nos Audietis In Altum

PS. There will be a second half gamethread.

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