Timbers beat rival Sounders 10

first_imgPORTLAND — Hearts were in stomachs, and throats, as the Seattle Sounders bounced around the goal, desperately trying to score a tying goal. But, even when the ball bounced off of defender Pa Moudo Kah and then the crossbar, even as Jack Jewsbury had to clear away the follow up, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter believed Sunday would be his team’s night.Thanks to a strike from Kalif Alhassan moments before halftime, more hard-nosed defending — and, yes, some good fortune — the Timbers beat the Sounders 1-0 at sold-out Jeld-Wen Field to climb atop the Western Conference standings and move into a tie with the New York Red Bulls for the most points in Major League Soccer.“We dodged some bullets, for sure. But, in the end I think it was our game to win,” Porter said.With two games left in the regular season, the Timbers (13 wins, five losses, 14 ties) are on the verge of their first playoff berth and challenging for the Supporters’ Shield trophy as the best team in the regular season. Portland has 53 points, one more than Real Salt Lake, the team that visits Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday.Seattle (15-11-6) is two points back of Portland, in third place. By beating the Sounders for the second time in MLS competition, the Timbers sent the 2013 Cascadia Cup north to Vancouver.“To go up to the top of the league against your rival, that makes it even sweeter,” Kah said. “We had some (uncertain) moments. But I feel like we controlled the game.”last_img

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