FULL TIME: It was not a particularly attractive result, but the Seattle Sounders managed to win their seventh straight game with a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday. The game’s only goal came via Timbers defender Julio Cascante, who knocked in a Kim Kee-hee cross in the 76th minute.
The Sounders moved up to fifth in the Western Conference, while also tying the post-shootout era record for consecutive wins in a single season. Sporting KC technically won nine straight in 2011-12, but only seven of those came in a single season.
This was the Sounders’ first win in Portland since 2014.
TIMBERS 0, SOUNDERS 1: Completely against the run of play, the Sounders took a lead on a 76th minute own-goal by Julio Cascante. The Sounders had been out shot 19-4 at that point, although Harry Shipp had missed an open look from about 16 yards out about a minute earlier.
The goal came when Kim Kee-hee joined the attack and pushed forward off a nice pass from Nicolas Lodeiro. Kim aggressively dribbled into the box before putting in a cross that deflected off Cascante and into the net, just ahead of a lunging Raúl Ruidíaz.
It's technically an Own Goal, but Kim Kee-hee does all the work to make this happen. What a play. Seattle up 1-0 with 13 to go. pic.twitter.com/o4ihxVUzOA— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 27, 2018
HALFTIME: It took about 20 minutes for the Sounders to find their footing, but once they did they were mostly content to hold possession and probe the Timbers’ backline with passes in behind that usually resulted in Jeff Attinella gathering the ball.
The Timbers out shot the Sounders 14-2 — with four of Portland’s shots coming from inside the penalty area — but only forced Stefan Frei into two saves, neither which were particularly difficult.
LINEUPS: The Sounders will be going with what they know in what is shaping up as a big match against the Portland Timbers. The only change from last week’s 5-0 win over the LA Galaxy is the return of Brad Smith, who replaces Nouhou at left back.
The group could hardly be more different than the one that started during the Sounders’ last trip to Portland, though. There are five changes from that game, including an entirely different formation. Most notable among the additions to this game’s lineup are Nicolas Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz.
Seattle Sounders are on a nine-match unbeaten run that includes a six-game winning streak. The Sounders have the better defense, the better goal differential, the better history among the sides. But this match is at Portland, and so the Portland Timbers are favored despite their porous defense and three-match losing run.
First year Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese has yet to lose to the Sounders. With a playoff spot on the line this game will be as fierce as any in the rivalry’s history.
Portland is strong coming out of half (+6 gd in the 15 minutes after halftime), but weak in the final moments of the match (-6 gd in final 15). Seattle is -2/+2 in those same measures.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Morris (R ACL tear) remains out. Bwana (R midfoot sprain), Dempsey (Low back pain), Rodríguez (R hamstring strain), and Smith (L adductor tightness) are questionable.
Timbers: Roy Miller (right thigh) and Jake Gleeson (tibia) are out. Larrys Mabiala (thigh), Liam Ridgewell (lower leg), and Jorge Villafaña (shoulder) are questionable.
Jordy Delem and Nouhou are a single yellow away from suspension for accumulation. Larrys Mabiala, Osvaldo Alonso, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, and Jordan McCrary are two yellows from the same.
Chris Penso is the center referee. His video assistant is Younes Marrakchi.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Control the counter.
- Blank Blanco.
- Tie their backline in knots.
How I'm watching
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How to Watch
Match date/time: August 26 at 6:30 PM
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon, Lower Cascadia
Online Streaming: YouTube TV (Seattle & Spokane markets), FoxSportsGO
National TV: FS1 (Strong, Holden, Witham)
Local English Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
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Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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