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Seattle takes massive Cascadia Cup contest against Portland on Eddie Johnson’s goal

Aug 26, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

Dempsey is raring to go in Rave Green, as Schmid believes in Seattle's superstar. Dempsey is raring to go in Rave Green, as Schmid believes in Seattle's superstar.

This may have been Clint Dempsey’s night, but Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales reminded everyone around CenturyLink Field who has handled so much of the the scoring and assisting duty before the Sounders’ high-profile arrival.

Johnson’s well-placed glancing header was the game’s only goal as Seattle took the huge Cascadia Cup contest, 1-0.

It was a huge match to begin with; any contest in the league’s top rivalry is. Dempsey’s first home match added to the theater.

And then there was the crowd count adding a further newsy element. Attendance at CenturyLink Field in Seattle was 67,385, the largest ever for a soccer game in Seattle and the second largest ever in MLS for a stand-alone match.

The crowd was very nearly disappointed as Portland mostly controlled matters through the first half. If not for the good work of Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and some heads-up defensive work from DeAndre Yedlin (not to mention one Timbers shot off the post), Portland would have taken a lead before the break.

(MORE: Dempsey’s timeline, how the U.S. captain’s home debut played out)

Some tactical and personnel shifting by Sounders manager Sigi Schmid helped get Seattle’s offense going after the break. It was Johnson who drew the key 60th minute foul. Then the U.S. international – and important U.S. man, although not of the order of Dempsey – put away the game-winner off Rosales sharply delivered free kick.

Dempsey, now the league’s highest paid figure, has played in three matches, still without a goal or an assist.

  1. markdartj - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Seattle’s defense in the waning minutes was exciting to watch. Not any miscues, despite heavy pressure from Portland.

  2. hildezero - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I didn’t even watched the game, because ESPN Deportes thought a regular baseball game was more important than this. I heard this was a good game. Is that true?

    • boscoesworld - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      NO! It was not a good game. Portland looked ok but Seattle struggled to connect two passes together in the first half. I was thinking “why Clint WHY!” throughout this game. It may not lower his level of play but after seeing this it surely will not raise it either! Dreadful!

    • lunasceiling - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Nope, not very good at all. It was chippy and horribly officiated (well…an MLS game: of COURSE it was horribly officiated). Can’t say the refereeing favored either team, since the un-called persistent infringement by Alonso on Nagbe and ridiculous Dempsey-coddling was offset by Kah not getting a red card for either the awful from-behind challenge that led to the game-winning free kick OR deliberately kneeing a downed Johnson. *shakes head*

      Timbers have only themselves to blame for the loss (well…and Gspurning, who was great). They had more and better chances and failed to convert.

      • mlsconvert88888 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I dunno, I thought it was a pretty good game to watch, especially in the first half, but the play did deteriorate in the second half. It seemed like the ref stopped calling anything in favor of the visitors (after a fairly even first half, the Timbers ended with almost double the fouls called on them)
        Ozzie needed to be yellow carded, either for a tactical foul or persistent infringement, because it was getting old watching Nagbe get around him only to be fouled. What did he have, something like 5 fouls on Nagbe? The laws of the game call for a caution.
        Kah was playing like a madman in the first half going to ground on tackles and it was working for him, but I remember thinking he only had to miss once and he’d be in trouble.
        The knee to the head of EJ was cheeky as sh*t (sorta reminiscent of EJ’s knee to a grounded Union player earlier this year), and it was baffling that Kah didn’t get any disciplinary action, or EJ for that matter for getting up and full on throwing a punch.
        Ironically, kind of the lamest thing to watch in this game was Dempsey. Of all the things in his repetoir, the only skill he seemed to put on display last night was going to ground asking the ref for a call (a couple of times it was warranted)

  3. hildezero - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    @boescosworld

    Okay. Damn, but why are you yelling at me?

    • boscoesworld - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      sorry….

  4. jumpingnots - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Portland should have won this game,they played very well, but the horrible officication did cost them the game the Timbers were called for fouls all the time How many times did Alonso fouled Nagbe and nothing was called,I feel however that we need a forward with faster speed and exceleration(Johnson does not have that speed) also Kah needs to watch his play or he will miss a few games in the future as I see it,but I must say you guys played a good game no matter what.

  5. hildezero - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    :)

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