Kalif Alhassan scored late in the first half and the Portland Timbers held on for a 1-0 victory over Cascadia Cup rival Seattle on Sunday night, denying the Sounders a chance to clinch a playoff berth. The Timbers moved into first place in the MLS Western Conference, pulling them closer to the postseason spot with 2 games left. Portland has not lost in six straight overall matches, and hasn't lost at home in 14 straight.
It was the third straight loss for the Sounders, who fell to Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 on Wednesday night. The Sounders (15-11-6) dropped into third place in the conference standings as the playoffs loom.
Seattle star Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. national team, appeared to injure his shoulder in the first half and twice went to the sidelines to seek treatment. But he returned for the second half.
With the Seattle loss, Vancouver claimed the supporters-created Cascadia Cup, an annual three-way competition between the Sounders, Whitecaps and Timbers.
October 14, 2013