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NBC team reviews Saturday spectacular from Portland

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, OR - SEPTEMBER 15: Rodney Wallace #22 of Portland Timbers scores a goal on Michael Gspurning #1 of Seattle Sounders FC during the second half of the game at Jeld-Wen Field on September 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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In some ways, it really is a shame that Portland isn’t shin guard-deep in this ongoing playoff race. Because the soccer nation beyond Oregon simply won’t be paying as much attention to matches out of Jeld-Wen Field from now to the end of 2012.

But we did get Saturday – a sun-splashed spectacular from downtown Portland.

The Cascadia Cup remains up for grabs following a 1-1 draw there between the Timbers and Seattle.

Fredy Montero nailed an absolute stunner for the visitors, but Portland’s Rodney Wallace rose to the moment to equalize off a corner kick from Jack Jewsbury, who was excellent in his midfield role.

The NBC team was there; they can take you the rest of the way on this one.

Here are highlights from Saturday ...



And here is Kyle Martino talking to Wallace about the atmosphere and about his critical second-half header.