MLS 2019: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders tactical analysis tactics
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The Portland Timbers welcomed the Seattle Sounders to Providence Park for another meeting in one of the MLS most heated derby. This was the 107th meeting in all competitions, going back to their first meeting in 1975 in the old NASL. In their previous meeting this season, Portland Timbers secured a dramatic 2-1 victory on 21 July at CenturyLink Field, care of two Brian Fernandez goals on either side of halftime. This made it three matches in a row in this rivalry to have been won by the away side.

The Timbers had a seven-match undefeated streak at home come to an end the previous Sunday against Atlanta United, while the Sounders saw their winless run reach four-matches after coming back for a late 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday. Both sides needed a result from this match, with Seattle slipping down the MLS Western Conference table and Portland Timbers have fallen out of the playoff spots.

In the first 15 minutes, the Seattle Sounders struggled to deal with Portland’s attack. However, Portland was equally unable to deal with the Sounders quick transitions. Jordan Morris was able to create the first goal in the 16th minute, crossing the ball before Cristian Roldan was able to slot the ball home. After getting to halftime at 1-0, Portland gave up a second goal within 60 seconds of the restart.

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