Updated Nov 3, 2013 - 3:42 pm
Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 2 Portland Timbers Post Game Reactions (VIDEO)
The Portland Timbers held on to a 2-1 lead in their first leg Western Conference playoffs against the Seattle Sounders FC .
Portland forwards Ryan Johnson and Darlington Nagbe scored in the 15th and 67th minutes of play, respectively.
Osvaldo Alonso's 90th minute strike reduced the deficit to one in the two-game aggregate goals format. Alonso's tally was Seattle's first goal ever in five previous playoff first leg matchups.
Seattle forward Clint Dempsey was robbed by Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts in the 20th minute. Dempsey's shot appeared headed towards the upper right corner of the net until an extended Ricketts made the block.
Seattle's newest and high-profile signing headed down the ball in front of the net with three minutes left in regulation time. The ball bounced high off the pitch and struck the crossbar.
"I was happy with the looks that I got and getting touches on the ball," Dempsey said after the match. "It just seemed like one of those nights where it wasn’t going to go in for me."
In the video below, Portland head coach Caleb Porter, Johnson and Ricketts shared their thoughts on the match. A despondent Sigi Schmid provided his views on the return match on Thursday in Portland.
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