Epic season stopped by arch-rival; Sounders lose to Portland on goal kicks

The Seattle Sounders set the record for the best ½ of a season all time. That was a great effort by the Brian Schmetzer squad and good enough a 1st round bye as the #2 seed in the MLS playoffs. Unfortunately, the Sounders arch-rivals, the Portland Timbers did as they always do and save their best games against Seattle. In the 2nd ever Cascadia playoff bout, Portland took a draw in Seattle on Thursday and won on goal kicks in goal kicks in extra time.

The Sounders got ahead on a 68th minute goal by Raul Ruidiaz. Portland’s goalie came out for a save and off a ricochet, Ruidiaz found net. Unfortunately, Sebatian Blaco would hit the equalizer in the 78th minute to put the scourge of the south ahead on away goals.

Raul Ruidiaz would get a right footed shot in the 93rd minute to give the Sounders hope as the game would go to goal kicks. Unfortunately, the Timbers would score 4-3 on goal kicks and bounce the Sounders from the MLS playoff.

While the Rave Green were the superior team this night, an inspired Timbers squad took the game to them in their own hometown. While the season was a high effort inspiration, the result leave many Sounder fan wanting. The best we can wish is a great 2019, and a dismal failure to the arch-rival who schooled us here in 2018.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.