Sounders drop game 1 of MLS playoffs to Timbers 2-1

This was a rivalry game and the Seattle Sounders came out a bit worse for wear with the loss and a host of injuries. The Portland Timbers looked to be the more hungry team and played with a ferociousness that the Sounders could not match as they would lose the 1st leg of the playoff series 2-1.​

The Sounders came out to a hot start with a goal in the 10th minute by Raul Ruidiaz. This goal is important as it is a road goal and could prove beneficial in the event of a tie in Thursday’s game. ​

Unfortunately, Christian Roldan suffered a groin injury and Chad Marshall was carted off with a stretcher with a knee injury. Losing both of these star players severely hampered the spirits and the talent on the field. ​

Jeremy Ebobisse would tie the game in the 17th minute as he beat Kim Kee-Hee on a thru pass from Diego Valerie. A chip shot would beat Stefan Frei into the net.  In the 29th minute, the Timbers would see Valeri pass the ball to Blanco to beat Frei again amidst some bad defense by the Sounders backline. ​

The Sounders had the statistical advantage for time of possession; however, they also had 13 fouls and couldn’t keep the flow of the game amidst that stoppage. ​

They Rave Green seem pretty much on the spot as they come home for the 2nd leg down by 1 goal on aggregate scoring. A loss to the Timbers would be a let down both from a Cascadia rivalry perspective and a bit of a waste as they won 14 of their last 16 only to be bounced in the quarter finals. ​

The Sounders will need to look at adjusting their lineup a bit if Marshall and Roldan can not go on Thursday and there just isn’t any depth on the bench that could reasonably fill their shoes.

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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.