Sounders vs. Timbers: SBI Live Match Commentary


The Seattle Sounders take on the Portland Timbers tonight in CenturyLink Field in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series (10pm, NBC Sports).

The Sounders come in having just beaten the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday in the West play-in game, but there’s no time to rest as they must now beat a rested and in-form Timbers side that will be favored in the series.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

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117 Responses to Sounders vs. Timbers: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. fred mertz says:

    wow, bad field. mls looks bush league in the playoffs

  2. Paul says:

    STFU about the field. You think we like it,,,,well we don’t. Fact of the matter is the NFL is the most popular sport in the USA and we have to deal with it. Bye the way, I hope you fall off you horse and skin you knee and you’re mother is out of Neosporin.

  3. fred mertz says:

    the ne v skc game was an embarrassment to the league on so many levels

  4. 206 Represent says:

    Hey folks. Huge windstorm in Seattle today. In my neighborhood we have electricity but not cable. Signed up for MLS Live but they are blacking out the game locally. Can anybody point me to a stream of the game?

  5. Mug says:

    Is it wrong that I’m rooting against NE and Seattle strictly because I don’t want to watch anymore games on football lined astro turf?

  6. Ian says:

    Between NE and Seattle, it’s easy to forget how far our league has come. Gridiron lines as far as the eye can see. I feel like it’s 1998 again and I kind of want to puke.

  7. RB says:

    It’s as if Seattle refused to be one-upped by NE’s terrible looking field and took measures to retain the lead in that category…

    • Mug says:

      KC should play the second leg Arrowhead.

      • Bob says:

        I think people need to get over it. The NFL Raiders play on a field with a baseball diamond (and it wasn’t too long ago this applied to multiple NFL franchises). Once MLS gets their ratings up (and they will) they can ask the public to throw down major financing for their stadiums (and they will). I’d enjoy the soccer (assuming your team wins).

        • Mug says:

          Stop making good points so I can continue complaining about the lines.

        • beachbum says:

          I enjoy the soccer in spite of the field. At least in Oakland when the Raiders play the lines on the field aren’t for baseball

  8. Timber Danny says:

    RCTID!!! F*** Seattle!!

  9. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    Look at that huge Seahawks logo. Great.

  10. fred mertz says:

    and Jason and ives ignore the elephant in the room and act as though mls is not looking bush right now

    • TomG says:

      Because it’s by far the least important facet of this match. Why feed into the whining. Stop crying about the lines and pay attention to the match.

  11. John says:

    Go for the 2 point conversion

  12. Ames says:

    The football lines actually help. You score a touchdown (goal) when you get to the back of the endzone. Pretty cool

  13. TomG says:

    Seattle Sounders: Million dollar offense. Ten cent defense.

  14. TomG says:

    Deuce should not be taking corners set pieces unless hes shooting on goal. He’s the second best head on that team by far. He should be in the box.

  15. Ames says:

    Sometimes I hate you Ricketts!

  16. SounderstoStupid says:

    Sounders front office and coach have not a clue, yeah lets waste all our cap space on one two slow star and the other on the laziest player I have ever seen not named Montero.

  17. MikeG says:

    Come on Portland. Settle down. Put together 5 passes in a row. Seattle will pressure every time they lose the ball. When they pressure players around the ball need to move off the ball and get open..break down the keep away the way you have all season. Let’s get more compact in all 1/3’s of the field..break down that defensive pressure. Take over the game before the half.

  18. RB says:

    Are the Seahawks winning yet?

  19. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    So, no yellow for Scott grabbing Toledo? That’s quite some restraint from the official.

  20. USMNT Fan says:

    Portland 40 yards and goal lol

  21. DT says:

    Why is dempsey taking corners? Don’t you want your goal scorer you shelled out millions for to actually have a chance to get a SoG? Isn’t one of the best aspects of dempsey’s game poaching headers and finding space in the box?

    • DT says:

      It’s not that f*cking hard to put a dangerous cross in off a corner. Get mauro or someone else to do it. Btw dempseys corner crosses have also kinda sucked.

    • TomG says:

      +1. I made the same point above. Doesn’t make sense.

    • Gary Page says:

      I was making the same point after the Sounders game with Colorado. I also wondered why they had Burch take a free kick just outside the box. At least they corrected that today and Dempsey kept coming close. He is almost back in form, coming close about four different times.

  22. MikeG says:

    Hey Seattle fans, link to

  23. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    I love when players do something like come into a tackle with your studs raised and make full contact only to yell at and berate the official for calling it.

  24. Brent McD says:

    This field is a joke. Appearances do matter.

    • AH says:

      Don’t know the logistics, but I would have thought they could have gotten a grounds crew to work through the night after playing without the football lines and still have it ready before the Seahawks game tomorrow. Maybe it takes longer than I realize.

      But yes, the field looks awful.

    • Bob says:

      I think people need to get over it. The NFL Raiders play on a field with a baseball diamond (and it wasn’t too long ago this applied to multiple NFL franchises). Once MLS gets their ratings up (and they will) they can ask the public to throw down major taxpayer financing for their stadiums (and they will). I’d enjoy the soccer (assuming your team wins).

  25. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    That’s just a stonecold penalty.

    Coming from the side and not moving toward the ball.

    • AH says:

      Not a penalty.

      • PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

        Absolutely a penalty. And a stupid one at that.

        That’s a foul anywhere on the field. Hahneman was getting to that. There was no need to go in.

        Had he moved toward the ball to shield it would have been a different story. But he didn’t. He made no play on the ball.

  26. TomG says:

    Tons of pace in this match. Everybody’s going full speed all the time. It’s got to slow down soon.

  27. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    Neagle trying to dive. Toledo not having it.

  28. AH says:

    Uh oh Zigi.

  29. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    Filthy goal against the Seahawks.

  30. John says:

    Well I guess Dempsey’s agent can start working on that loan deal

  31. AH says:

    That attempted slide tackle on his Nagbe’s first touch was just awful defending. Terrible. Should have stayed on his feet and kept Nagbe in front of him.

  32. fred mertz says:

    time for pete carroll to make a change

  33. TomG says:

    Deuce consistently inches away from making a play. He’s thinking too much out there and not reacting.

  34. TomG says:

    As I said. Inches.

  35. AH says:

    Whoa. Dempsey with a great volley just wide.

    Zigi getting ready to put on Shalrie Joseph.

  36. TomG says:

    No one n Seattles left side knows how to strike a cross.

  37. AH says:

    Neagle’s got to be one of the most annoying players in MLS.

    • Gary Page says:

      Seems like every game I see him in he misses at least one great chance. Today he has added to that by repeatedly giving the ball away. Don’t know what Sigi sees in him.

  38. AH says:

    Seattle’s got everyone forward for a set piece, understandably. But if Portland hits them on the countrer they’ll kill off the tie now.

  39. AH says:

    And they nearly did.

  40. AH says:

    Don’t know MLS rules that well. Do these home and home ties use an away goals rule?

  41. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    Is Toledo kidding us? That tackle was ridiculously reckless.

  42. John says:

    Dempsey EJ and Evans look like they’ll be free to go to Scotland anyway, perhaps Zusi as well

  43. PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

    So much money for Clint Dempsey to miss the goal consistently.

  44. TomG says:


  45. AH says:

    Dempsey is apparently cursed. Probably for his ridiculous behind the plant foot cross attempt during the regular season.

  46. AH says:

    Got to give it to the crowd. In full voice behind the Sounders down 2-0 in the 89th minute. Good stuff.

  47. Brent McD says:

    illegal throw-in. Evans foot over the line

  48. TomG says:

    Dempsey critics can howl, and yes he needs to score, but he’s been all over the place tonight winning balls, winning corners and coming so close so many times. Mehos had a dang good match.

    • PatioFurnitureHasBeenFound says:

      His job is to score. He’s the biggest signing in the history of the league. He needed to score.

      He was everywhere and just missed the net most of the times he shot.

      • TomG says:

        Meh. Guy had a great match. He is clearly getting his form back. By next month he will be scoring in bushels…. Oops, sorry Sounders. MLS transfer window kinda sucks huh.

  49. Bryan says:

    Dempsey is going to start getting goals….he’s consistently right there….

  50. MikeG says:

    Poaching is Dempsey’s game.

  51. Tony in Quakeland says:

    that was a fun game

  52. Kosh says:

    I’ll come back and comment on the great games once the field and turf police have had their say.

    • TomG says:

      Rabble rabble rabble NFL, Rabble rabble, Seahawks, Rabble rabble bush league MLS, Rabble rabble, MY EYES ARE BLEEDING!!!

      Great game. Huge pace, scoring chances galore, some nice displays of skill. Ball moved like it should.

  53. byob el paso tx says:

    Seattle should have played at safeco field, on grass.
    Why not make seattle a sss with all that money they have. Make it where the nba arena,was going to be made. Its easy to make a sss, just look around the world and in MLS.
    Also, i thought seahawks n sounders had tge same respect n treatment?

    • Jay says:

      They do but like it all business one is always stronger then the other. And tonight showed who’s stronger and when push comes to shove who is king. Yes the Seahawks allowed the Sounders in the castle but they don’t own it. Look everyone is going to freak out about the lines, how about worry about people watching the game period. MLS isn’t any any position to ask anything to the NFL but smile and take it. Until MLS has stronger legs these things happen and will continue to happen.

      • John says:

        A big reason the MLS isn’t more popular is the preceptions people have about the league being in many ways “minor league”. Playing with the NFL lines on the field just inforces that preception in a big way. There isn’t all that many places left where this is the case and the league should continue to move away from it even if it cost them seats.

        I’ve read a couple articles recently about how the NFL is good partnership for MLS. Well tonight showed how thats just not true. The line were so distracting to the match and embarassing to what should have been a big match in a big rivalary. The next legs we’ll get to see how it should be done in Portland and KC.

        • Brian says:

          Those who don’t watch MLS for the lines are just looking for an excuse. If it isn’t the lines it is the refs or lack of pro/rel or salary cap or unbalanced schedule or split table or playoffs. Anything that makes it not BPL or Euro will be pointed to as an excuse. Having a few games each year with football lines does not push away a significant number of potential fans.

        • RB says:

          Agree with John: these 2 games tonight just reinforce the notion that MLS is a second-rate, Mickey Mouse, fringe kind of endeavor.

          And for soccer types, it’s not an excuse at all. not wanting to watch because of the lines. It’s perfectly valid: the lines suck, they’re constantly distracting, they make the real lines hard to see…

          I can understand the women’s league playing on such fields, or college teams doing it. Not MLS teams.

        • Jay says:

          You said a perception of being minor, well in pay, popularity, and talent it is minor league. Not saying it isn’t improving but perception is mainly based off what you really are a lot of times. You talk about how it will be done in Portland and SKC guess what clean perfect looking fields = nothing. More people won’t watch because of it so why are we freaking out about it? MLS has to many other issues to reach even the NHL or Nascar popularity that talking about lines on a field is almost sad if not pathetic.

      • Adi from Oregon says:

        I bet the MLS is paying big bucks for the use of the Seattle NFL stadium and the crappy, stripped field. So, why doesn’t the MLS paint over the stupid football lines before their game and then repaint the stripes afterwards since the paint shouldn’t bother the artificial turf anyway?

        • Me says:

          The owner of the Seahawks is a part owner of the Sounders. The share the stadium, staff and marketing departments. There simply is not enough time between the games to avoid the gridiron lines.

  54. divers suck says:

    Evenly matched teams this year, regardless of recent form. Seattle outclassed Portland and still lost, no better CDM in MLS than Alonso!….Not a given in Portland for the second leg but I still think they’ll make it through….Best atmosphere and fans in MLS reside in Seattle, bar none!…..Field turf still sucks, though, and the NFL lines are a joke!

    • Gary Page says:

      I think Portland is better on first touches and a little quicker on their passes and that was the difference. Too many times Sounders players let their first touch get away from them and turned the ball over, something Portland pretty much avoided. Also, Portland didn’t ;give Seattle any time on the ball, but when they had the ball they moved it very quickly, quicker than the Sounders. The two teams are very close in quality, it seems to me.

      • Adi from Oregon says:

        I agree with your very good assessment of both teams and their style of play. The Timbers need to be sharp AGAIN at home Thursday to beat the Sounders one more time. But a tie would also do it too for them! GO TIMBERS and get the MLS Championship!!

  55. Ivan says:

    Epic failure on the part of MLS last night; as someone else said, appearances matter.
    How is anyone supposed to take this league seriously?
    No to astroturf,no to using NFL stadiums, disgusting!
    My wife was amazed at the sight at the Sounders/Timbers game and the comment was, “How could someone watch this?

    • chuck says:

      While I agree it was practically unwatchable and really, really sad, we have to accept that this is MLS’s place right now… and it has come a loooong way.
      Back in the 90s you’d see that way more often. Also, MLS is not a tv league yet, the lines dont look as bad for people in the stadium.

      The Revs dont have enough support for a SSS and for the Sounders, it is a tradeoff: a SSS would be smaller and probably farther. They cant still rely on a “if you build it, they will come” take on it.

      Chivas Guadalajara, arguably the team with the most supporters in Mexico built a class a stadium out of town. After believing people would come no matter what and taking very bad decisions; the stadium is sitting there empty in almost all their games. Great stadium though.

      Another thing is that MLS is not a synonym of Soccer in this country. Even in by 2026 every team gets a SSS, a World Cup wont set foot on any of those stadiums. It is far more likely to have a renovated Coliseum or Rose Bowl than having any games on StubHub. Or Reser instead of Jeld Wen.

      It’s just that MLS still has a long way to go. But it’s good that people freak out: It shows we dont take it as a given anymore :)