Sounders 2 – Timbers 1 – US Open Cup

This evening Morgen and I took in a third round game in the US Open Cup between our Timbers and the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. The Sounders, like the Timbers, were founded in the NASL days of the 1970s and have had a rivalry with Portland ever since. This season Seattle moved up to MLS where Portland will join them in 2011. As one might expect, the Timbers Army was in full effect with a raucous showing, even an hour before kickoff.

Not yet in the Timbers Army, but gathering the requisite gear.

Not yet in the Timbers Army, but gathering the requisite gear.

Morgen unsure about what she's gotten herself into.

Morgen unsure about what she's gotten herself into.

Seattle and former American international goal keeper Kasey Keller.

Seattle and former American international goal keeper Kasey Keller.

So tonight’s game was for a spot in the quarterfinals of the oldest club soccer tournament in America. Unfortunately, things did not get off to a very good start as Seattle scored in about forty-five seconds, stunning the sold out PGE Park. Within twenty minutes the Sounders scored again putting Portland in a serious hole. But the Timbers responded just before half-time, pulling one back and getting back into the game. The second half was spirited, intense and dramatic, but neither side managed to put in the net, meaning Seattle escapes with a quarterfinal match next week against Kansas City.

Our nemeses, the Seattle traveling support.

Our nemeses, the Seattle traveling support.

Full house at PGE Park with over 16,000 in attendance.

Full house at PGE Park with over 16,000 in attendance.

Timber Joey in full effect.

Timber Joey in full effect.

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6 responses to “Sounders 2 – Timbers 1 – US Open Cup

  1. Morgen’s face is completely understandable after seeing the photo of Joey …

  2. Pingback: Portland Timbers 3x « mao's Football

  3. Haha, there was a little girl behind us who burst into tears when Joey revved up his chainsaw right in front of us.

  4. Timber Joey has it all over the usual “stuffeds”; although none of those ever scared Morgen…..

  5. harmoniousways

    Come stand in the Army, its the nicest lot of people you’ll ever meet. RCTID

  6. Thanks, I’m heading down there for the Puerto Rico match next week. We just moved to town and wanted to get a feel for the team/games before diving into the Army.

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