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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Sebastián Blanco (58')
  • Felipe Mora (90'+5')

Timbers upset Sounders on road, 2-0

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Sebastian Blanco gives Timbers 1-0 lead (0:56)

Sebastián Blanco goal 58th minute Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 Portland Timbers (0:56)

Felipe Mora had a goal and an assist as Portland defeated the host Seattle 2-0 Sunday night in the Timbers' first win against the Western Conference-leading Sounders in three meetings this season.

Sebastian Blanco also scored as the Timbers (8-10-3, 27 points) won for just the second time on the road this season (2-7-2) and avenged a 6-2 defeat at home to the first-place Sounders (12-4-6, 42 points) two weeks earlier.

Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark, who missed the previous match with an injury, made five saves for the shutout.

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Both goals came after Seattle defensive miscues.

In the 58th minute, the Sounders' Yeimar Gomez Andrade attempted to make a pass back to goalie Stefan Cleveland, but Mora intercepted it near the top of the 18-yard box. Mora dribbled the ball near the end line on the left wing and threaded a pass between Cleveland and defender Xavier Arreaga to Blanco, who was alone at the top of the 6-yard box and tapped the ball into an open net.

The second goal came in second-half stoppage time. Cleveland, well out of the penalty area, tried to head the ball away but it went straight up in the air. Mora won a battle for the ball with Andrade and chipped it over a retreating Cleveland from about 25 yards out.

Seattle's Joao Paulo had two strong chances from just outside the 18-yard box in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but the first went off the crossbar and the second was tipped over the bar by Clark.

A Cristian Roldan header off a free kick by the Sounders' Nicolas Lodeiro also went off the crossbar in the second half.

Clark also made a diving save off a 20-yard shot by league scoring leader Raul Ruidiaz in the 86th minute.

Portland's Dairon Asprilla also found the woodwork, putting a 30-yard shot from the left wing high off the right post in the 6th minute.

Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson, a U.S. international, suffered a leg injury in the ninth minute and had to be replaced. Williamson was attempting a pass near midfield when he went down without an opponent in the vicinity. He briefly got to his feet and tried to walk away before being stretchered off the pitch.