Timbers ride strong start to win over Sounders

Timbers ride strong start to win over Sounders

MLS- Portland Timbers

Timbers ride strong start to win over Sounders

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In a match-up of heated rivals both in need of a victory, the Portland Timbers started Sunday's showdown vs. Seattle looking every bit like the team intent on snapping their recent funk.

The Timbers rode a pair of first-half goals from Kris Boyd and David Horst and some of their best soccer of the season to a 2-1 victory over the Sounders at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday.

Boyd opened the scoring with a 16th-minute finish from Boyd, who slipped past Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to finish with ease. In the 25th minute, Horst headed home a corner kick from Franck Songo'o to send the sold-out crowd in Portland into an uproar.

Seattle battled back, and pulled to within 2-1 courtesy of a beautiful goal from Eddie Johnson, but they never found the equalizer in a match that ended with Seattle's Fredy Montero and Portland's Lovel Palmer earning red cards.

The loss marked Seattle's seventh straight MLS match without a victory, a stretch that has dropped the Sounders to fourth place in the West, just five points ahead of fifth-place Los Angeles.

Portland won the match on the field, while Timbers supporters won the battle in the stands, unveiling a jaw-dropping tifo before the match.

Here is the tifo (Match highlights are after the jump):

TimbersTifo (Getty)

What did you think of the match? See the Timbers climbing back into the playoff race? Starting to worry about the Sounders?

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