This was a great win. In my two years covering the team, it was easily the most entertaining and satisfying regular season game I have ever attended. But Dave has already gone over the emotional parts. This feature is meant to be more of a second-day, calmer look.
The highlights tell a wonderful story and show how great of a game Troy Perkins needed to have just to keep it close. Fredy Montero repeatedly got himself into dangerous positions in the run of play and executed about as perfect of a free kick as you'll ever see (just barely over the top of the wall and inside the near post). The real beauty of the match was the set up for Montero's second goal. Great probing ball from James Riley, perfect cross from Lamar Neagle and quality stuff from Mauro Rosales to give Montero a quality chance in front of the net.
As for the postgame reactions, there was lots of talk about how great the crowd was and how this team has matured over the past few months. I threw a few extra quotes in here that weren't in the "official" quote sheet. Enjoy.
Portland Timbers (5-9-3, 18pts) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (9-4-8, 35pts)
July 10, 2011 - JELD-WEN Field
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders FC 0 3 3
Portland Timbers 0 2 2
POR: Own Goal (Jeff Parke), 46
SEA: Montero, 57
POR: Perlaza (Chara), 69
SEA: Montero (Rosales, Neagle), 74
SEA: Alonso (penalty kick), 83
POR: Marcelin (Caution), 56
SEA: Montero (Caution), 58
SEA: Alonso (Caution), 63
SEA: Rosales (Caution), 78
POR: Brunner (Ejection), 81
Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Perkins, D Purdy, D Brunner, D Danso, D Wallace, M Marcelin, M Chara, M Jewsbury ©, M Nagbe (Zizzo, 64), F Alhassan, F Perlaza (Cooper, 75)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Brown, D Goldthwaite, D Hall, M Moffat, F Johnson
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Chara, Alhassan, Perlaza, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Chara, Nagbe, Perlaza, 1); FOULS: 11 (Perlaza, Wallace, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4
SEA: GK Keller, D Riley, D Parke, D Kennedy Hurtado (Ianni, 57), D Wahl, M Rosales, M Alonso, M Friberg, M Fernandez (Neagle, 66), F Levesque, F Montero (Noonan, 88)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Boss, D Scott, M Carrasco, F Jaqua
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Montero, 8); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Montero, 5); FOULS: 9 (Riley, 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkley, James Conlee
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Time of Game: 1:54
Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
Quotes: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC Quotes
Head Coach Sigi Schmid
Overall on the game: "It's a nice win. It's a great advertisement for the sport. If you can't come to a game like this and walk away saying, "Hey, this is pretty exciting, this is a lot of fun," - you know, five goals in the second half... It's what a derby game is all about. I thought Portland played with a lot of enthusiasm. They switched their style around a little bit by coming out in more-or-less a 4-3-3, or you could even call it a 4-5-1. We had to adjust to that; we caught it when we saw their lineup. But I thought the guys did a good job of that. Roger (Levesque) and Fredy (Montero) took turns on [Timbers midfielder James] Marcelin and I thought that was important for our game today."
On Fredy Montero's performance: "It shows a lot of good character by our team to come back twice. Fredy has been putting in extra work this year on the free kicks and has gotten two pretty good free kicks for us in the last five games. That's because of all the extra work he's done. When you do extra work you get rewarded. The second goal he got was a great cross by Rosales. He picked him out. He was unlucky not to get a third off his header. I was very pleased with how he played and what his work rate was all about today."
On the Timbers' first goal: "Obviously it's early in the half. The switching ball I thought we were too far off of the guy, so the guy slips in behind Tyson (Wahl) and then the guy comes in. It looked like it went off Jeff Parke. So we ended up scoring five goals tonight actually. I thought we didn't do well with balls that got switched across the field and that's what really opened up Portland's front."
On [forward Lamar] Neagle drawing the penalty at the end: "One of the reasons we wanted to get Neagle on there at the end is we felt we could get behind [Timbers defender Steve] Purdy with Neagle's speed. I told Lamar to make sure he made runs off the ball, which he did. It was a good short-short-long combination. He ran hard behind and Brunner wasn't left with a lot of choices, or else Lamar brings that ball down and buries it."
On penalty: "The guys who were up for penalties today were Fernandez and Alonso. When we got the penalty, I think Ozzie wanted to defer to Fredy so he could get the hat trick, but I said no."
On Hurtado's injury: "We'll have to see. He hurt his knee but we think it's just an MCL [sprain] or something like that. Anything I could say right now is just a guess."
On environment compared to years' past: "Obviously they're no longer in the USL; they're in MLS now. The environment's better because the stadium has fans on all sides of it now. You don't have an open side like you had before. Certainly the environment's good; it's second-best in the league."
Change in emotion after JKH's injury and Fredy's first goal: "The second half was not for anybody with weak hearts, going back and forth like that. Getting that goal back as fast as we did was important. Being able to come back right away both times made it easier for us."
On how the Portland-Seattle rivalry compares to other rivalries in U.S. sports: "Being from Southern California, this is like UCLA-USC. This is Texas-Texas A&M. I think the college rivalries are sometimes more intense than the rivalries are at the pro level, with the exception of maybe Red Sox-Yankees. I think it's very comparable to the best college rivalries that you see. For somebody who watched the game today, this is what we hope it would be like in every stadium we go to. Even the fans in other MLS cities who watched this game - imagine what it would be like if they could recreate this environment at every stadium in the league. It would shoot the game through the top. It would become must-see TV."
On the coincidence on scoring goals in end where Sounders fans were mostly seated: "We happened to be going that way in the second half when we needed goals. It was nice to reward them. I thought we had a nice sprinkling of fans throughout the stadium, not just in our allocated block. I'm not sure how they succeeded in getting those tickets, but they did. It was tremendous, a tremendous feeling, obviously in a derby game."
On comebacks: "We've matured. I think we've grown. Our character is better. We don't let a setback take us down. Last year or the year before, sometimes, if something negative happened, it impacted us a for little bit and we struggled to find our game again. Our psychology is a lot stronger, the character of the team is stronger, the belief in the each other is stronger. That's the big been our big change over the past few months."
Forward Fredy Montero
On the meaning of this game, individually and for the team: "For me it was amazing so I feel very happy because I scored twice. The most important thing is the three points for the team, looking forward to the playoffs."
On the fans: "The fans are amazing, they come down here and support for 90 minutes."
On the header that would have been his third goal: "When you haven't scored in the last game, you are thinking to score just one. But now that I've scored two, I feel happy. Maybe next game I can score three goals."
On whether he wanted to take the penalty kick: "Sure, I felt confident, but Sigi (Schmid) said the penalty is for Ozzie. He's the boss. I had to say, ‘Okay Ozzie. Let's score the goal.'"
On extra work on free kicks: "When the games are really close, I don't have that many opportunities to score. Free kicks are a chance for me to score. I felt really happy because it was a great moment in the game for us. I think the team is looking forward to getting into first place."
Forward Roger Levesque
On the environment: "It's as exciting an atmosphere as I've played in here in Portland. With the game going how it did - us going down a goal, fighting back, going down a goal, fighting back - I think it just kept building and building and creating that drama to the very end, when the good guys came out on top."
On any tactical differences between the first and second halves: "With them scoring that goal right [at the beginning of the second half], it forced us to come out and play. We knew we had to go at them. I think in the first half, both teams we were still feeling each other out. Both teams were getting a lot of players behind the ball defensively, so there wasn't a whole lot of room to attack. But once they got that goal at the beginning of the second half, at that point it's a battle. We've got to go, we've got to do something to get back into it. I think that's why the second half opened up so much more."
On the tifo: "I would say the Emerald City Supporters win in a landslide. It's great to see the Timbers Army come and support their team, though."
Midfielder Mauro Rosales
On the away support: "It was perfect for us. We work hard for them, for the city, to try to give them a prize and they get it. It's more important for us to give them some extra good feelings."
Defender Jeff Parke
On if they would have won this game earlier in the year: "We've built a stronger team mentally. Guys are working harder. The self belief in this locker room has grown. I can't say we would have won this game before, maybe we would have pulled out a tie. I think that now we've stepped it up a notch, obviously we're getting better results and believing in each other more."
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller
On the game overall: "It's a team effort and the team is putting in the effort. We're getting the rewards for it. Especially when go down as unlucky as we had on two occasions. At different times in the last three years, the team might have folded, but that's not the case right now. The team knows that we're capable of coming back. We're capable of riding any kind of situation, and we can get results out of it.
On the atmosphere of JELD-WEN Field: "It's a great atmosphere here. It's a great park. At some stage I wish them all the best of success, as long as they're just one place below us. In this country, you want to see franchises like this with this kind of support be successful. It's a great place to play a game. It kind of goes back to the decision of playing another year of these games and I'm just happy to have this one in the memory banks."
Portland Timbers Quotes
Head Coach John Spencer
On the overall result: "I think it proved today that if you can't defend, you're not going to win games. I think offensively we did enough, but defensively if we keep leaking goals we're not going to win games."
On the penalty kick call on defender Eric Brunner and the defensive effort: "I think it was 100 percent the correct call, penalty kick and a red card. I don't think there's any question in that. Goals are goals, regardless, and they got three points. I think it's lack of concentration, lack of communication, and if you don't talk in this game and you don't mark runners you're going to get punished."
On Seattle forward Fredy Montero's free kick goal: "I thought it was a great free kick. He put it exactly where he had to put it for it to be a goal because Troy Perkins got across quick. It was a tremendous piece of skill."
On a loss to Seattle hurting more than a normal loss: "I think it does (hurt more). You get beat by your biggest rivals at home when you score two goals and you've got the lead twice, I wouldn't say it's unacceptable, but you've got to finish the game off. I think offensively as a team we played well, defensively when you give good players the opportunities and go to sleep you're going to get punished and we got punished."
On the crowd and atmosphere: "I thought it was amazing. It's nothing short of amazing week in and week out. I thought the pre-game was a super show, obviously the fans put a lot of work and a lot of time into it and (I'm) just disappointed we couldn't give them something in return."
On the winless stretch: "I think lack of confidence is the habit right now. You can't hang the back four (defenders) out to dry and say they've got to defend better, we've got to defend better as a team - as 11 guys. We've got to try and stem the tide and get back to winning ways."
Defender Eric Brunner
On his foul that led to a red card: "The ball bounced a little bit and he kind of had position on it and I tried to reach around and I thought I got the ball first. But at the same time, we can't let him get behind us like that and make the referee make the decision."