EJ scores, Gspurning saves, and Dempsey does a 'ninja kick.' (Animated)

Eddie Johnson heads home the winning goal versus Portland

This was three points Seattle Sounders FC had to have. At home in front of third largest soccer crowd in the world for the weekend, Seattle was playing against their biggest rivals Portland Timbers in round two of the Cascadia Cup match ups.

A hard fought battle as derbies go, this match could've went either way -- that is until Eddie Johnson flicked Mauro Rosale's free kick past a planted Donovan Ricketts to open the scoring. The Sounders and Timbers had a few more good looks but EJ's goal was enough win the match and move the team back up into playoff position. Clint Dempsey made his home debut in front of the sold out crowd and showed well, even trying a little self-titled 'ninja kick' which in real time looked like the most insane breakdancing move ever invented. Goalkeeper MIchael Gspurning was deservedly man of the match after multiple key saves to preserve the shutout and win for the home team.

The first of Gspurning's big saves. Good timing to dive and stone Portland's Ryan Johnson:

Gspurning-save-ryanjohnson_medium

This challenge by Pa Madouh "Not All That" Kah on Eddie Johnson was reckless and certainly will not garner him looks from EPL side Totttenham. It  was a deserved yellow card:

Kah-thug-ej_medium

Plus it set up a beautiful free kick by Mauro Rosales to the Blonde one:

Ej-header-vs-pdx_medium

And this virtual unknown player named Clint Dempsey tries some ninja kick sh*t:

Dempsey-ninja-kick_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Sounder At Heart

You must be a member of Sounder At Heart to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Sounder At Heart. You should read them.

Join Sounder At Heart

You must be a member of Sounder At Heart to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Sounder At Heart. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker