PORTLAND, Ore. – Behind four first half goals, the Portland Timbers defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Providence Park. Vytas, Fanendo Adi, Lucas Melano, andSteven Taylor all found the score sheet in the first 45 minutes to propel the hosts to victory.
With the victory, Portland (9-10-8, 35 points) moves three points clear of the red line in the MLS Western Conference standings. The goals for Portland started in the 16th minute when Vytas put the home side ahead when he turned a Jack Jewsbury corner kick home with a powerful header for his first-ever Timbers goal.
Just five minutes later, Adi scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season when he put home a saved Diego Valeri shot. The goal was the seventh career goal for the striker against Seattle, tying him with Byron Alvarez for the most career goals by a Timbers player against the Sounders in the 41-year history of the rivalry.
Portland scored their third of the match in the 29th minutes when a beautiful passing sequence culminated in Diego Chara finding Lucas Melano inside the six-yard box. Melano made no mistake finishing with his left foot for his third goal of the season.
In his second match as Timbers player, Steven Taylor culminated an historic first half when he headed home a Valeri free kick. The goal gave Portland four goals for the first half, which set a club record for most goals in the first half of an MLS match. The Sounders added two goals in the second half coming from a deflected Andreas Ivanschitz goal in the 47th minute and a header from Jordan Morris in the 51st minute but it wasn't enough to overcome Portland's early dominance.
Portland Timbers (9-10-8, 35pts) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (9-13-4, 31pts)
Aug. 28, 2016 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Timbers 4 0 4
Seattle Sounders FC 0 2 2
POR: Vytas (Jewsbury), 16
POR: Adi, 21
POR: Melano (Chara, Valeri), 29
POR: S. Taylor (Valeri), 43
SEA: Ivanschitz (Lodeiro), 47
SEA: Morris (Lodeiro, Ivanschitz), 51
SEA: Lodeiro (Caution), 26
SEA: Ivanschitz (Caution), 45
SEA: Jones (Caution), 78
SEA: Valdez (Caution), 90
Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Powell, D S. Taylor, D Ridgewell ©, D Vytas, M Chara (Zemanski, 90), M Jewsbury, M Nagbe, M Valeri, M Melano (Grabavoy, 83), F Adi
Substitutes Not Used: GK Konopka, D J. Taylor, M Barmby, F Mattocks, F McInerney
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Adi, 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Three players tied, 2); FOULS: 11 (Vytas, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 1
SEA: GK Frei, D Mears (Torres, 45), D Marshall, D Evans ©, D Jones, M Roldan, M Alonso, M Fernandez (Gomez, 45), M Lodeiro, M Ivanschitz (Valdez, 82), F Morris
Substitutes Not Used: GK Miller, D Scott, M Friberg, M Fisher
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Morris, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Morris, 2); FOULS: 16 (Two players tied, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Alex Chilowicz
Weather: Clear, 80 degrees
All statistics contained in this box score are unoffic