The first Major League Soccer derby between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers ended in a 1-1 draw.
That pretty much sums up the desultory and disappointing match.
Neither side impressed in the ballyhooed rivalry rematch, but the Timbers win by securing the draw on a rain-soaked night before 36,593 fans, a new record, at Qwest Field. It was just the second point the Timbers have been able to muster on the road.
Yes, the atmosphere was buzzing inside the stadium. Yes, the Portland supporters filled their allotment of 500 seats. And yes, the Sounders' supporters, including the Emerald City Supporters, did their part unfurling impressive banners, known as Tifo, before the start of the match.
The night was set for an electrifying game of soccer. But the players didn't follow the script. The Sounders lacked four starters due to injuries, and the Timbers prefer a direct style that pivots on set plays and knockdowns. Hardly the makings for a crisp match.READ MORE»