Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders @ Portland Timbers Western Conference Semi-Final [Leg 1]

Made the (surprisingly quick) drive down I5 for leg one of the Western Conference Semi-Final between the Sounders and the Timbers. Should be a hell of a game; the Sounders are at close to full strength, with only Jordan Morris and Felix Chenkam definitely out for Β the away side. Thanks to the Sounder At Heart crew for the ride. Β Still have just about two hours until game time, so I’m just going to soak in the atmosphere.

Drive down:

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ECS setting up:

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In the press box:

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ECS fills out the section:

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No lineup surprises. Smith is omitted, though he was close to returning. I’d expect him Thursday to make the bench at least.

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1:47 PM: Teams are on the field.

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2:22 PM: About 10 minutes out from kickoff. Definitely a nervousness here.

2:33 PM: And we’re off! On schedule.

4′: Bad pass from Nouhou stops a promising Sounders attack.

5′: Ruidiaz misses a guild edged chance and a penalty shout goes uncalled. Great pass from Nouhou.

6′: VAR time. Possibility penalty.

7′: No penalty.

8′: Corner to the Sounders.

9′: Rodriguez draws a foul, and has been a handful so far.

10′: Goal Sounders! Ruidiaz finishes a great ball from Roldan. Deserved goal for the Sounders.

’14’: Good pressure from the Sounders gives then an attacking throw.

16′: Leerdam foul results in a talking-to from the referee.

17′: Goal timbers on a through ball to Ebobisse. Looked offside. Nope, goal counts.

20′: Definitely contentious and the Timbers are back in things.

 

22′: Sounders giving away a ton of dangerous free kicks.

24′: Cristian Roldan is down.

27′: Roldan is back on the field. TA not happy.

31′: Brutal for the Sounders. They lose Roldan for the game, and then give up a goal before they can get a sub on the field. Francis on for Roldan.

33′: Timbers with all of the pressure right now.

36′: Sounders now have Marshall down.

43′: Sounders finally with some possession and get a corner.

45′: Svensson down with an injury along with a Timbers player (Guzman).

Halftime: Of all the 1st halves of soccer I’ve seen, that one definitely had just about everything.

62′: Sounders have done well to stay in the game, but have to keep from getting killed on the counter.

74′: Sounders still withstanding occasional counters from the Timbers. Both sides seem unwilling to be the one to concede the next goal.

76′: Frei gets down to make a save on Valeri shot. Out for a corner.

End of Regulation: Sounders take the 2-1 loss, but considering the injuries and the away goal, they’re probably feeling okay. But the injuries…

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