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Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quotes

“At the end of the day we walked out of here with 3 points and a little bit of satisfaction for what they did to us a few weeks ago.” -Brian Schmetzer

Match Data


Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Portland Timbers 0

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Venue: Providence Park

Referee: Chris Penso

Assistants: Jason White, Corey Rockwell

Fourth Official: Joseph Dickerson

VAR: Younes Marrakchi

Attendance: 21,144

Weather: 62 degrees and cloudy


SEA - Own Goal (Julio Cascante) 76’


POR - Diego Chara (caution) 22’

POR - Sebastian Blanco (caution) 65’

SEA - Brad Smith (caution) 65’

POR - Dairon Asprilla (caution) 87’


Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam (Will Bruin 59’), Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Brad Smith (Nouhou 86’); Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso - captain, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Harry Shipp (Román Torres 79’); Raúl Ruidíaz

Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Alex Roldan, Jordy Delem, Henry Wingo

Total shots: 6 (Alonso, 2)

Shots on goal: 2 (Alonso/C. Roldan, 1)

Fouls: 11 (Shipp, 3)

Offside: 5 (Ruidíaz, 3)

Corner-kicks: 2 (Lodeiro, 2)

Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)

Portland Timbers - Jeff Attinella; Alvas Powell, Julio Cascante, Liam Ridgewell, Zarek Valentin; Diego Chara, Lawrence Olum (David Guzman 88’), Andy Polo (Andres Flores 79’), Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco (Dairon Asprilla 77’); Samuel Armenteros

Substitutes not used: Steve Clark, Marco Farfan, Cristhian Paredes, Bill Tuiloma

Total shots: 22 (Armenteros/Blanco, 4)

Shots on goal: 3 (Three players, 1)

Fouls: 10 (Chara, 5)

Offside: 1 (Armenteros, 1)

Corner-kicks: 9 (Valeri, 9)

Saves: 2 (Attinella, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer

Thoughts on the game…

“The guys are pretty happy, I’ll say that. It showed the determination, the fight, the ability to win games in different fashions. I thought there were monster performances in that locker room. It’s what we talk about, we try to collect points and it doesn’t matter how we do it. Give Portland a lot of credit, they came out and they were on top of us, it was their home and it was a derby match, but at the end of the day we walked out of here with 3 points and a little bit of satisfaction for what they did to us a few weeks ago.”

On the possession swing during the second half…

“I think the mindset of the group coming out in the second half was better. They obviously understood that there were some moments in the first half where we weren’t playing as well as we could, as well as we should have. We gave away a couple balls and I think in the second half you saw a determined group, keep a little bit more possession, get up the field a little bit more, put them under some pressure.”

On the formation change…

“A little bit of ebb and flow on the match. They were overloading the wing channels and the three guys in the middle, they weren’t as in sync as we’d like in that initial change, but when I brought Roman [Torres] on I think that settled things a little bit, put Gustav [Svensson] back in the middle of the field, I think that helped.”

On some of the team’s top performers…

“All 18 of them are monsters. Kim Kee-hee scoring that goal, he’s actually not trying to take credit for it, I’m just saying that, he’s actually a humble guy. There were a hundred plays that you could go back and watch the film from Stefan [Frei] making saves, Kelvin [Leerdam] on an injured ankle, everybody pitched in tonight.”

On if the coached went with a more defensive tactic in the second half…

“In the middle of the field Osvaldo [Alonso] was great. You guys can rewatch and tell me, but he was great. Gustav [Svensson], I shifted him back, then he went back into the midfield and he and Osvaldo [Alonso] did a lot of the dirty work in the middle area of the field. Again, trying to get the best out of Raúl [Ruidíaz], trying to get the best out of this group, each game is a little different, the ebb and flow of the game; we’ll watch the film and make those decisions.”

On Brad Smith and Kelvin Leerdam’s substitutions…

“Brad Smith was precautionary, I rolled him out there a lot longer than the staff wanted me to. Kelvin dinged up his ankle pretty good, but he’s a tough kid, he’ll be okay.”

On the Will Bruin and Raúl Ruidíaz striker partnership…

“It’s hard to say, I’ve got to watch the film. That was such an emotional game for the players, the coaches, the fans, everybody. I’ve got to watch the tapes to think through clearly to see if we’ve really got that. Again, we were under it, Portland put us under a lot of pressure and a lot of that is just Bruin relieving some pressure from Raúl.”

On the goal…

“That’s the advantage of having five in the back. You can take couple of risks because you know you’ve got some cover. Again that’s just Kim Kee-hee making a play. Our guys have made plays as of late going back to the start of the streak. Raúl scoring that goal against San Jose, Bruin against Minnesota and Kim Kee-Hee now so our guys are making plays.”

On Seattle’s tough defense…

“I think you saw a little bit of that tonight. They were forced to launch balls in from 30-35 yards out and they got around the corners every now and again, but a lot of those balls are easy for Chad [Marshall] or Roman [Torres] or Kim [Kee-hee]. Straight entry balls are always easier to defend.”

Seattle Sounders FC defender Brad Smith

General thoughts on the match...

”We could have played a little bit better but what can you say, you get the win away from home and you can’t really complain - everyone’s buzzing.”

On the scrum with Sebastian Blanco that led to his yellow card...

”I don’t think I should have gotten in the book for it to be honest. I just had to play a bit smarter after that so it’s all good. It’s a derby match at the end of the day, everyone just gets out for each other and it was a good game to play in.”

On his expectations heading into the rivalry game...

”I didn’t know much about the rivalry up until about a week ago when the lads and coaches were explaining it to me. The game definitely lived up to it I thought.”

On dealing with Portland’s attack...

”[Samuel Armenteros] is a tricky little player. In the first half, I didn’t think we dealt with him well enough. In the second half, we got our bearings and were able to deal with him a little better. We just wanted to keep close to him and get the second balls dropping down. In the first half, he kept winning the ball and dropping it down to the two wide men - we had to adjust and I thought we did that in the second half.”

On the team being solid defensively...

”When we switched to the five in the back, I thought we moved well and defended well. We got a clean sheet away from home and the win so you can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei

On the team’s defensive effort…

“Yeah we did great. They had a lot of shots, It’s that do or die mentality. Gustav, all guys were throwing their bodies in front of the ball and not many made it through, which frustrated them I think and that’s what we needed to do.”

On winning at Portland…

“It’s a tough place to play. They make it a very hostile environment, but we’re always up for it, I think we played well today. We don’t have to come out here and run the show, this is a difficult place to play so we have to stay compact, play smart, take our chances, force some errors and that’s what we did.”

On Kim Kee-hee forcing the goal…

“It’s great, I think he saw an opportunity and it wasn’t an hail-mary type of deal. He saw an opening and I think he originally intercepted the ball, played it over to Nico maybe or someone and continued his run. It worked really well, especially since we changed formations and had some cover in the back, we were able to slide over and make sure that if it got intercepted we had it covered. Those are moments where we need to be aggressive, we need to be creative, we can’t always just think things are going to happen, we have to be willing to take some chances to make things happen and that’s a perfect example right there.”

On some of the shots that he faced during the game…

“There was a couple of half chances that they had. Honestly the one that worried me the most was knuckleball from Valeri, it could have gone anywhere and those are always difficult because we work on technique as goalkeepers and technique goes out the window when the ball moves like that. So I was just happy to volleyball that one out, but as I said my teammates were challenging everything that they can.”

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