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Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers: Match Night Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have been arch-rivals for decades, but their rivalry as MLS opponents is set to be born tonight as the Timbers travel to Qwest Field for the first of many dramatic encounters (11pm, ESPN2).

The Timbers have been riding high in recent weeks after a poor start to the season, but much of that success has come at home. Seattle will look to make full use of its own home-field advantage at Qwest Field.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight's historic match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

 

 

75 comments
  • Dave

    Or not won at home. Oh and Keller was in fantastic form for the Timbers! Well done!

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  • Emerald_City_Jason

    Fair enough re seatroll.

    As to your request, I don’t think or act like the Sounders “are so much better than all the other teams.” I was merely being snide in response to what I find fairly tiresome and off-base stereotypes.

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  • Cholmondeley Warner

    Love it whenever Kasey Keller f**ks up, the Timbers goal made my day

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  • BWH

    I am sure Sounders fans will let you know how they dominated the game but just couldn’t finish.

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  • Dave

    They probably will, they will also tell me how 36k people were there. And then in the end, it did very little.

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  • BWH

    Seattle averages over 150 days of rain each year. Harkes was exagerating when he said “basically all the time” but you go ahead and fight that silly battle if you like. Soccer is played in spring and fall as well as summer so the point Harkes was making is still valid.

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  • The Most Interesting Man

    Please do something about that turf Seattle Sounders FO. Seriously. I understand why you have turf, but it could be better than that. Quit cheating your fans.

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  • socnow

    Not bad, but not great. Could’ve been worse considering the weather and rivalry games always seem to be ugly (I just can’t call it a “derby”). The long balls do get old though, it was like both teams were playing not to lose.

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  • BWH

    I don’t mind turf at all, but when the quality gets that bad something must be done about it. Portland has a great turf field, hopefully they will keep it maintained better than Seattle has.

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  • Kejsare

    Once I saw his face on the screen at the bar, in full HD, I was repulsed. HD makes ulgy look uglier. Rush makeup job too. Blech.

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  • Kejsare

    They’re not primary tenants. So, no. Remember, it took convincing Paul Allen to be a bit owner so the ownership group could crash Qwest.

    Yes, the contrast between Portland’s new turf and Seattle’s compacted older turf is striking.

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  • sammysounder

    Seriously? The Timbers offense is entirely built around diving around the box in order to get a set-piece. Diving twats.

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  • sammysounder

    First, the turf. Can you imaginge what the pitch would have been like tonight if that had been grass? In that weather it would have been a mud-bowl and even uglier.

    Second, I was disappointed in Portland. They got withing free-kick range, dove and took their chance with their set-piece.

    Third, Sounders sucked. Do better.

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  • Emerald_City_Jason

    Good grief. Thanks for the information on how much it rains where I live.

    Since when is a single sentence comment followed by a two-sentence clarification “waging a battle?” If you haven’t noticed, making fun of Harkes is something of a running game on this and other sites.

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  • Scott

    Montero was upset because he’s the one that usually “hugs” without consent.

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  • Buster

    As a Seattle fan I’ll be the first to say I HATE that damn band! Wish they’d go away. So damn annoying.

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  • WickedGiMP

    Portland may have a nicer quality turf, but Jeld-Wen field doesn’t hold up very nice in the rain. At least Qwest has a proper drainage setup and we arent stuck with standing water on the field ala Jeld-Wen.

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  • WickedGiMP

    oh and as an aside, I thought Portlands TiFo was quite well done for a traveling supporters side. Have to give you guys Kudo’s for that.

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  • sammysounder

    Timbers players diving and looking for a set piece. They have every game this year. Should have carded at least 2 of those.

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  • Matt

    For those who don’t think this is going to be a great and fun rivalry, look at the number of comments this thread has compared to all the other roundups (34, 1, 6,….).

    See you in Portland for round 2.

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