Timbers Defeat Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 at Centurylink Field
SEATTLE - The Portland Timbers notched a late second-half goal to register a 2-1 win on the road against Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night. Eryk Williamson tallied his first career MLS goal, and also added an assist, helping set up the game winner from Felipe Mora in the 83rd minute.
With the win, Portland is unbeaten in its last four regular-season road contests against Seattle, posting a record of 3-0-1 in those matches. Notably, the Timbers have won three consecutive matches in league play at CenturyLink Field, scoring multiple goals in all three victories. It marks the first time in the club's MLS era that the Timbers have won three straight regular-season matches at Seattle. In five road matches against Sounders FC across all competitions since head coach Giovanni Savarese began coaching the club in 2018, Portland holds a 4-1-0 record, including a 4-2 penalty shootout win at CenturyLink Field in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Nov. 8, 2018.
With his goal against Seattle, Mora scored for a third consecutive match, recording his first game-winning goal for Portland. He is now tied for second on the team with three goals this season. Mora is the first Timbers player to score in three MLS regular-season matches in less than ten days in club history. He is also the second Portland player (Jeremy Ebobisse) this season to score a goal in three consecutive matches.
Williamson recorded his first career MLS goal in the match and tallied an assist. He is the 21st different player to have a goal and assist in the same MLS match for the Timbers. Additionally, Williamson is the 60th different player to score in an MLS match for Portland. Williamson's assist in the match was his second of the season.
POR - Eryk Williamson (Diego Valeri), 9th minute: Williamson played a quick pass to Diego Valeri near the edge of the box. Valeri played a one-touch pass right back to Williamson, who continued his run into the box and finished into the bottom right corner of the goal.
SEA - Kelvin Leerdam, 42nd minute: Kelvin Leerdam pounced on the loose ball bouncing just outside the box and fired a powerful strike into the back of the net.
POR - Felipe Mora (Eryk Williamson), 83rd minute: Mora made a perfectly-timed run from just outside the box and Williamson slotted a well-weighted pass to Mora, who converted from the center of the box.
The Timbers are unbeaten in their last four road matches against Seattle, posting a record of 3-0-1.
Portland has won three consecutive regular-season road matches against Sounders FC. It marks the first time Portland has won three consecutive road games against Seattle in the club's MLS era.
Felipe Mora tallied a goal for a third consecutive match.
Mora is the first Timbers player to score in three MLS regular-season matches in less than ten days in club history.
Mora is the second Portland player to score in three straight matches this season, joining Jeremy Ebobisse.
Eryk Williamson scored his first career goal MLS goal. He is the seventh player to score a goal for Portland in regular-season play this season.
Williamson is the 60th different player to score a goal for Portland in an MLS match.
With a goal and an assist, Williamson is the 21st player to record a goal and an assist in the same MLS game.
Williamson is the first Timbers player to score his first goal for the club in a league match against Seattle since Shaun Higgins on July 8, 2005.
Williamson registered his second assist of the season. He is one of three players (SebastiÃ¡n Blanco, Diego Valeri) this season to record multiple assists.
Valeri recorded his ninth career assist in 20 regular-season matches against Sounders FC. His assist in the match was his third of the season.
Valeri's nine assists against Seattle are tied for the most assists by a Timbers player against a single opponent (Valeri, Vancouver Whitecaps FC).
The Timbers play a second straight match on the road, squaring off against Los Angeles FC on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Banc of California Stadium. The Sept. 13 match kicks off at 8 p.m. (Pacific) and features a regional television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcast on 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).
Seattle Sounders FC (4-2-3, 15pts) vs. Portland Timbers (4-3-2, 14pts)
Sept. 6, 2020 - CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders FC 1 0 1
Portland Timbers 1 1 2
POR: Williamson (Valeri), 9
SEA: Leerdam, 42
POR: Mora (Williamson), 83
SEA: C. Roldan (caution), 45+3
POR: Villafaña (caution), 49
SEA: Bruin (caution), 76
POR: Duvall (caution), 79
POR: Chara (caution), 86
POR: Williamson (caution), 90
POR: GK Clark, D Duvall, D Mabiala (Cascante, 45), D Zuparic, D Villafaña, M D. Chara, M Williamson, M Ebobisse, M Valeri (Tuiloma, 88), M Blanco (LorÃa, 5, Y. Chara, 70), F Niezgoda (Mora, 70)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Ivacic, D Farfan, M Paredes, M Polo
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Cascante, 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Five players tied, 1); FOULS: 19 (D. Chara, 5); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
SEA: GK Frei, D Leerdam, D GÃ³mez, D O'Neill (Bwana, 89), D Jones (Tolo, 81), M João Paulo, M Delem (Bruin, 62), M C. Roldan, M Lodeiro ©, M Morris (Ibarra, 81), F RuidÃaz
Substitutes Not Used: GK Cleveland, D Arreaga, D A. Roldan, M Atencio, F Dhillon
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Leerdam, RuidÃaz, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 17 (Delem, 4); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 3
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Mike Rottersman
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
VAR: Jon Freemon
Weather: Clear, 75 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial
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