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.
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.