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Sounders at Timbers, full-time: Damn, that felt good

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Seattle wins with a strong second half performance

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Seattle Sounders FC v Portland Timbers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

RECAP: It was not a pretty first half by any stretch of the imagination but it didn’t need to be for the Sounders to leave with all three points. If you have Raul Ruidiaz on your team, you might have a good chance at winning in Portland. In nine career games against Portland, he has 7 goals and 2 assists after picking up two goals and an assist tonight. The Sounders have now won their last three regular-season trips to Portland, which is a first in the MLS era.

Shaking off the rust is nice. Now we turn around and play again on Wednesday.

85th MINUTE: Leerdam with the dagger.

83rd MINUTE: Raul loves scoring against Portland.

73rd MINUTE: WE HAVE A GOAL! Big game Raul comes up big.

HALF: It wasn’t a good half at all for either team. Portland managed to get some shots off, generating just 0.23 xG while Seattle did jack squat. Their only shot was Svensson’s 40 yard free kick.

This happened though:

6th MINUTE: Portland scores but it is ruled offside. Lucky break!

LINEUPS: The Sounders lineup with their best available starting XI with the late knock to Xavier Arreaga. Joevin Jones starts over Nouhou, which is an interesting decision. Perhaps Seattle will look to possess the ball against Portland — a team that likes to bunker.


The rest of the regular season starts tonight as the Seattle Sounders travel down to Portland to take on the Timbers. The two teams had very different experiences in the MLS is Back Tournament, with Portland managing to win it all. Of course, Seattle left the tournament with a lot of questions. Tonight is an opportunity for the Sounders to kickoff their classic second half of the season.

Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension

Seattle:

OUT: Xavier Arreaga (D) - right quad strain

OUT: Jordy Delem (M) - right hamstring strain

OUT: Danny Leyva (M) - left foot fracture

OUT: Trey Muse (GK) - concussion

QUESTIONABLE: Shandon Hopeau (M) - right adductor strain

Portland:

OUT: Dairon Asprilla (M) - left knee injury

QUESTIONABLE: Yimmi Chara (M) - right thigh injury

QUESTIONABLE: Dario Zuparic (D) - personal reasons

Referees:

REF: Jair Marrufo

AR1: Jeff Hosking

AR2: Mike Rottersman

4TH: Tim Ford

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

AVAR: Joshua Patlak

How to Watch

Match date/time: August 23rd at 7:00pm

Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.

Online Streaming: Fubo TV (affiliate link)

National English TV: FS1

Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Webber)

Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)

Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle

International TV: LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Sounders

Portland

Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.

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