The Portland Timbers defeated Seattle Sounders for the first time in the regular season at CenturyLink Field when defender Larrys Mabiala played the role of the unlikely hero in a wild second half. Seattle came back twice before beating the winner 3: 2 goalfest
Samuel Armenteros also scored for the Timbers, who helped Diego Valeri in a classic car show at all three goals. Valeri's outstanding performance dwarfed that of his South American opponent Nicolas Lodeiro, who scored both goals for the Sounders.
Portland prevailed in the first half, as both teams forced the goalkeepers of opposition goalkeepers. Bryan Meredith – who played for the injured Stefan Frei in Seattle's goal ̵
The game Just minutes after the start In the second half Mabiala was on the pitch and was able to qualify in the 48th minute with a corner from Valeri for his second goal. However, Timbers' lead was short-lived as Victor Rodriguez headed home with a fine cross from Lodeiro.
The two rivals were absent and Portland took the lead again through Armenteros, who hit a pass from Valeri, defeated his defender and landed on the far post. Chad Marshall responded in the 68th minute with the second set-piece goal of the match, a header from Lodiero's corner, but Mabiala and the Timbers last laughed as the main defender took the lead in his second game for a corner.
- 48 & # 39; – POR – Larry's Mabiala | See
- 51 & # 39; – SEE – Victor Rodriguez | View
- 57 & # 39; – POR – Samuel Armenteros | View
- 68 & # 39; – See – Chad Marshall | View
- 74 & # 39; – POR – Larry's Mabiala | See
- THE BIG PICTURE: Seattle's season seems increasingly lost as they are now 11 points behind the Western Conference's last playoff spot. This is the team that achieved remarkable results in the second half both in 2016 and 2017, but now they are in an even worse position than in this time of each of the last two years. The Timbers are now in fourth place in the Western Conference and continue to be among the hottest teams in the MLS. Gio Savare's men are now unbeaten in 10 games (7-0-3) and will be happy to win without Fanendo Adi, Liam Ridgewell and Sebastian Blanco.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: In a game largely dominated by standard situations, Valeri's tasty ball after Armenteros proved second to Portland's second as an extra moment of game quality that the team needed to get all three points pick up.
- MAN'S MATCH: Mabiala may have been the unlikely hero, but the likely hero does not get the MotM. Diego Valeri put all three Portland goals together, with his assisting Armenteros choosing the bank.