07/21 23:03 CDT Fernandez scores twice as Timbers outlast rival Sounders 2-1
Fernandez scores twice as Timbers outlast rival Sounders 2-1
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) --- Brian Fernandez scored his second goal of the match in the
51st minute, moments after Seattle had pulled even, and the Portland Timbers
beat the Sounders 2-1 on Sunday night in the first clash of the season between
the Cascadia rivals.
Fernandez continued to make his mark on MLS with his seventh and eighth goals
of the season in just his second full month with the Timbers after being signed
as a designated player form Necaxa in Mexico.
Fernandez gave Portland the early lead when he collected the ricochet from
Jorge Moreira's shot off the crossbar and scored in the 20th minute, finishing
into an open net. After Seattle's Raul Ruidiaz scored in the 50th minute to
pull the Sounders even, Fernandez answered seconds later when his one-time shot
deflected off Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei and trickled into the goal.
It was the first matchup between the rivals since last year's Western
Conference semifinals, when Portland advanced from the two-leg series after an
exhausting, exhilarating second-leg that eventually went to penalties before
the Timbers advanced. Portland reached the MLS Cup final before losing to
While the stakes weren't the same, the intensity between the two long rivals
was evident and erupted after the final whistle with several scrums, plenty of
pushing and shoving and players needing to be separated. Seattle's Roman Torres
and Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark appeared to be at the center of the
activity, but plenty of others were involved.
The victory kept alive Portland's chances of winning the Cascadia Cup
competition between the Timbers, Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. It was also
a crucial three road points for the Timbers, who have just two MLS matches away
from Providence Park the rest of the regular season.
It's also the second straight year Portland won the only regular-season matchup
While Ruidiaz did collect Seattle's only goal and his eighth of the season,
he'll also lament a pair of missed chances in the first 45 minutes and another
opportunity in the 79th minute. Ruidiaz nearly scored in the opening 20 seconds
after a Portland turnover, but the more troubling miss came in the 22nd minute
when Jordan Morris' cross found Ruidiaz's foot in front of an open net, but the
shot went over the crossbar.