Ambition doesn’t grow on trees.
That was the tifo the Seattle Sounders had ready for their rivals, the Portland Timbers, in front of 50,072 rave green cladded supporters at CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening.
But in a place where victories are hard to come by, the Timbers proved to be the more ambitious team, leaving everything on the field in a heated rivalry that might just be the finest in Major League Soccer.
Argentine forward Brian Fernández had his way with the Sounders on June 12, tallying two goals in the Timbers 2-1 victory over their rivals to the North in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. But on Sunday, Fernández proved he was hungry for more.
Here's a look back at all the best moments of the Timbers 2-1 win over the Sounders in Seattle.
In all started in the 19th minute when Fernández caught fire. Off a Jorge Moreira shot that hit the crossbar, Fernández buried the rebound to give Portland a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Sounders fired back with shots from Jordan Morris and Gustav Svensson in the 22nd and 40th minute, but Seattle’s offense was stifled. Portland led 1-0 at halftime.
22' So, so close to the equalizer! Morris fires the ball across goal but Ruidíaz puts it over.— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) July 22, 2019
SEA 0 | POR 1#SEAvPOR
Prior to tonight, the last time Timbers led at halftime of a league match at Seattle was July 29, 2002 in front of 2,595 fans at Memorial Stadium. #RCTID— Mike Donovan (@TheMikeDonovan) July 22, 2019
Seattle finally got on the board in the 50th minute, when Raul Ruidiaz rounded Timbers goalie Steve Clark for the equalizer.
Here was Ruidiaz's goal if anyone cares to relive the 4 seconds it was tied pic.twitter.com/7rKLjFuRq9— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) July 22, 2019
But in a matter of moments, 75 seconds to be exact, Ruidiaz’s game-tying goal was forgotten.
While his goal was being replayed in front of the home crowd, Brian Fernández did Brian Fernández things, notching his second goal of the night and ninth goal in the last eight games.
I bet Sounders fans already hate Brian Fernandez like we hated Dempsey and I'm totally here for it. #RCTID— Kris Escudero (@kede23) July 22, 2019
It’s safe to say, it’s Brian Fernández's world and we just live in it. The Timbers will now get a well-earned six days of rest before taking on the LA Galaxy next Saturday at Providence Park.