We’ve been highlighting some of the more memorable moments in the Seattle v. Portland rivalry ahead of Saturday’s doubleheader event, where the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers at 1 PM, followed by a battle between the Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns at 7 PM just across town.
It’s not too early to GET HYPE for the match. Just as it’s never to early to score a goal against your rival. Today, we look back on two early goals that helped create two of Seattle’s biggest and best villains in the rivalry.
This is up there as one of the most memorable goals in modern Seattle Sounders history. On July 1, 2009, in Seattle’s inaugural MLS season, the Sounders traveled down to Portland for the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at PGE Park.
After Seattle chose a quick restart on a free kick at midfield, midfielder Sanna Nyassi got the ball on the right flank. He whipped in a low cross that Roger Levesque met with a diving header. All within the first 48 seconds of the match.
The celebration was just as great as the goal. Timberrrrrrrrr!
Seattle would go on to win 2-1, in part thanks to the legend that is 48 seconds. This goal, and a few others Levesque would sneak in against the Timbers, made him one of the most hated Seattle Sounders players among Timbers supporters. We all find him, and his celebrations, supremely lovable.
Seattle Reign FC’s Jess Fishlock needed a bit more time to score against the Portland Thorns — but not much. She took 58 seconds to find the back of the net in 2017, and it sure was a beauty. Fishlock and Bev Yanez combined to pressure Lindsey Horan into a mistake. Our Welsh Dragon collected the ball outside the box on the right side of the pitch, took a touch, then buried a lethal shot into the upper netting on the far post. What a beauty.
Reign FC would have to settle for a draw this match, but that only made Fishlock’s early blow that silenced the crowd at Providence Park even more important.
With the Seattle v. Portland doubleheader now just 24 hours away, let’s hope for many more memories like these over the weekend.
Day 1: Crucial 1-0 victories
Day 2: Header goals
Day 3: Memorable celebrations
Day 4: High-scoring thrillers