Updated Jun 26, 2012 - 10:04 am
Seattle Sounders FC 1 - 2 Portland Timbers (Match Review & Reactions)
Before an ESPN national audience and a raucous 20,000+ Timber fans at JELD-WEN Field, the Sounders remained winless for the seventh straight match.
Seattle lost 2-1 to their I5 Portland rivals on first half tallies by Kris Boyd and David Horst. Seattle striker Eddie Johnson scored his fifth of the year in the 58th minute to reduce Portland's advantage to one goal. On both tallies, the Portland scorers were able to get behind Seattle's defenders.
Despite holding a 17-13 advantage in shots, the Sounders were unable to earn a point in a chippy affair that featured six yellows and two ejections. Fredy Montero and Lovel Palmer were both sent off in extra time by referee Ricardo Salazar.
Man of the Match: David Horst
The Portland defender scored his first MLS goal on a header in the 25th minute to help the Timbers win their first ever over Seattle in league play.
"I'll never forget it. It's got to be one of the greatest moments of my life. To score against Seattle, in front of all these people, especially with the way we'd been playing lately. It's great to get a win for us, and the organization."--David Horst, Timbers defender
Portland's early 2-0 first half lead
"Today, we get two opportunities and we go 2-0 up. To be honest, I think we showed an unbelievable amount of character--I took my hat off to them in the locker room. I said, 'Not good tactics. Not good coaching. Just sheer hard work, determination,' and they got the just reward today because they got two quality goals."--John Spencer, Timbers head coach
"We made a few mistakes in the first half with them scoring the goal on a set piece and giving away the post goal to Horst. The marking was bad on Boyd's goal; I thought it was offside. It's tough how in the last seven games we continually play out of the hole, and when you're constantly playing from behind, it makes it difficult."--Sigi Schmid, Sounders head coach
"We just had to wake up, for whatever the reason is we keep giving up goals in the first half. In modern football today it doesn?t matter what league you're in, they keep getting harder and harder. In a derby game like this you have to find a way to comeback and tonight that didn't happen."--Eddie Johnson, Sounders forward
Sounders' winless streak
"I thought we had to show the winning mentality and start from a goal up, not two goals down. Seems the last five games we've had to dig ourselves out of a hole. In this league, you can't do that and going down two goals, it's difficult to get back, especially playing Portland here with their fans."--Eddie Johnson
"One of the things causing it is we've had too many guys injured. There's players who've logged a lot of minutes, but mentally I don?t think they're that sharp."--Sigi Schmid
Montero's red card
"Today wasn't that great of a day for me, things went wrong towards the end and they got out of control to the point where I had to leave."--Fredy Montero, Sounders forward
"...we haven't responded well in terms of our demeanor. We shouldn't be losing our composure towards the end of the game and that's something we have to seriously talk about and make sure we?re better at."--Sigi Schmid
They said it
"I played in Europe for the past three years and played in some big stadiums there, but this is as big as it gets here. It's fun, we knew it was going to be a physical game and consisted of a lot of emotion. Once again we dug ourselves in a hole and when you have 20,000 fans behind the home team it's hard to come back."--Eddie Johnson
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