MATCH RECAP: Sounders FC drop 3-0 home result to rivals Portland

SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC (8-6-2, 26 points) lost 3-0 at home to the Portland Timbers (6-6-8, 26 points) on Saturday afternoon at Lumen Field. Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Santiago Moreno and Dairon Asprilla scored for the visitors, in a game which saw Rave Green celebrate their 2022 Concacaf Champions League title in front of 47,722 fans ahead of the contest.

Niezgoda put the Timbers ahead in the 24th minute, receiving a Sebastian Blanco cross for a header at the far post. It was Niezgoda’s seventh goal of the season and his first against Sounders FC in six career appearances. Blanco leads the Timbers with seven assists in 2022.

After Seattle fell to 10 men early in the second half due to a red card from Jackson Ragen, the Timbers made it 2-0 via an 82nd-minute Moreno penalty after Nouhou was whistled for a handball in the area. Asprilla made it 3-0 on the counterattack minutes later with his third career goal against Seattle (including the playoffs).

After today’s game, Seattle hits the road for two road matches in four days, first against Nashville SC on Wednesday, July 13 (5:30 p.m. PT/FOX 13+, Prime Video, 93.3 KJR FM, El Rey 1360 AM) before heading to Chicago for a game against the Fire on Saturday, July 16 (5 p.m. PT/FOX 13+, Prime Video, 93.3 KJR FM, El Rey 1360 AM).

  • Sounders FC are now 8-8-2 this season and sit eighth in the Western Conference with 26 points. The club averages 1.44 points per game.
  • Saturday’s game was the 115th all-time meeting between Seattle and Portland dating back to 1975 in the North American Soccer League. Despite today’s result, Sounders FC still lead the all-time series 56-44-15.
  • With the win, Portland takes the lead in the 2022 Cascadia Cup standings with a three-point lead over Seattle (six points to three for Sounders FC). Rave Green have won the last three Cascadia titles, an annual competition between Major League Soccer’s three Pacific Northwest clubs (including Vancouver Whitecaps FC).
  • The home side in this rivalry have won only two of the last 16 regular season meetings between the Timbers and Sounders FC. Seattle hasn’t beaten Portland at home since May 27, 2017.
  • Portland extends its unbeaten streak throughout the season to five games (three wins and two draws).
  • Today’s result marks only the second time in MLS that Seattle has lost to Portland by a three-goal margin (including the playoffs).
  • At home in 2022, Seattle is now 5-4-1 in MLS and 9-4-2 in all competitions this season (MLS regular season, Concacaf Champions League and US Open Cup).
  • Raúl Ruidíaz returned to the starting lineup in his first start since June 14 against Vancouver after suffering a hamstring injury. The Peruvian is tied at the top of the team with five MLS goals this season.
  • Xavier Arreaga (left hamstring cut), João Paulo (right ACL tear) and Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture) were absent today due to injury.
  • Sounders FC have deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation with six changes from last weekend’s game at Toronto FC: Stefan Frei, Kelyn Rowe, Albert Rusnák, Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz replace Stefan Cleveland , Jimmy Medranda, Danny Leyva, Dylan Teves, Leo Chu and Fredy Montero.

Seattle Sounders FC 0 – Portland Timbers 3

Assistants: Kyle Atkins, Jose Da Silva

Fourth official: Marc Allatin

Time: 71 degrees and sunny

POR- Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Sebastián Blanco) 24′

POR- Santiago Moreno (penalty) 82′

POR- Dairon Asprilla (Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Santiago Moreno) 85′

POR- Eryk Williamson (watch out) 6′

SEA – Jackson Ragen (warning) 45+2′

SEA – Jackson Ragen (warning, ejection) 46′

POR- Yimmi Chara (careful) 57′

SEA – Cristian Roldan (warning) 70′

SEA – Nouhou (watch out) 81′

POR- Dairon Asprilla (warning) 85′

POR- Diego Chara (watch out) 87′

Seattle Sounders – Stefan Frei, Alex Roldan (Léo Chú 81′), Yeimar Gómez Andrade, Jackson Ragen, Nouhou, Kelyn Rowe (Josh Atencio 64′), Albert Rusnák (Jimmy Medranda 75′), Cristian Roldan, Nico Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Raúl Ruidíaz (Will Bruin 81′)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Danny Leyva, Dylan Teves, Fredy Montero

Portland Timbers- Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Felipe Mora 90’+1′), Yimmi Chara (Marvin Loría 75′), Sebastián Blanco (Dairon Asprilla 74′), Santiago Moreno (Bill Tuiloma 90’+1′), Eryk Williamson (Cristhian Paredes 63′) , Diego Chara, Claudio Bravo, Dario Zuparic, Larrys Mabiala, Josecarlos Van Rankin, Aljaz Ivacic

Substitutes not used: David Bingham, Pablo Bonilla, Zac McGraw, David Ayala