Portland Timbers
Seattle Sounders FC
Saturday, April 5, 20143:00 PM
Providence ParkMLS Regular SeasonCloudyNBCSNAttendance: 20814

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 87'SEAClint Dempsey 
 85'SEAClint Dempsey
  • Obafemi Martins
  • Lamar Neagle
 57'PORMaximiliano Urruti 
 55'PORDiego Chara
  • Kalif Alhassan
 24'SEAClint Dempsey
  • Obafemi Martins
  • Osvaldo Alonso
 14'PORDiego Valeri
  • Michael Harrington
 9'PORDiego Chara 
 3'SEAKenny Cooper
  • Jalil Anibaba
  • Gonzalo Pineda


 70'SEA DeAndre YedlinFoul
 66'POR Norberto PaparattoFoul
 50'POR Diego CharaFoul
 35'POR Will JohnsonFoul
 33'POR Pa Modou KahFoul
 29'SEA Gonzalo PinedaFoul
 5'SEA Micheal AziraFoul


Steve Zakuani (M)
Will Johnson (M)
Ben Zemanski (M)
Darlington Nagbe (F)
Frédéric Piquionne (F)
Maximiliano Urruti (F)
Marco Pappa (M)
Micheal Azira (M)
Lamar Neagle (F)
Kenny Cooper (F)

Starting Formations

33Weber2Powell44Kah23Paparatto5Harrington21Chara8Valeri4Johnson11Alhassan37Urruti6NagbeM91310714989024Frei17Yedlin4Anibaba14Marshall12Leonardo González42Azira6Alonso8Pineda33Cooper9Martins2DempseyM1191020271577RAA4


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Portland Timbers
33GAndrew Weber
2DAlvas Powell
44DPa Modou Kah
23DNorberto Paparatto
5DMichael Harrington
21MDiego Chara
8MDiego Valeri
4MWill Johnson
11FKalif Alhassan
37FMaximiliano Urruti
6FDarlington Nagbe
Seattle Sounders FC
24GStefan Frei
17DDeAndre Yedlin
4DJalil Anibaba
14DChad Marshall
12DLeonardo González
42MMicheal Azira
6MOsvaldo Alonso
8MGonzalo Pineda
33FKenny Cooper
9FObafemi Martins
2FClint Dempsey
9Frédéric Piquionne
13Jack Jewsbury
10Gastón Fernández
7Steve Zakuani
14Ben Zemanski
98Mamadou Danso
90Jake Gleeson
1Marcus Hahnemann
19Chad Barrett
10Marco Pappa
20Zach Scott
27Lamar Neagle
15Dylan Remick
77Kevin Parsemain
  Caleb Porter
  Siegfried Schmid

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RefereeHilario Grajeda  
Assistant RefereeKermit Quisenberry  
Assistant RefereePaul Scott  
Fourth OfficialYounes Marrakchi  
Saturday, April 5, 2014
3:00 PM
Providence Park

PORTLAND, Ore. – The first installment of the Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders matchup of 2014 certainly didn’t lack for the series' typical action and drama.

A Clint Dempsey hat trick and a goal by former Timbers forward Kenny Cooper highlighted an unlikely Sounders comeback from a 4-2 deficit late in the second half as the Cascadia rivals played to a 4-4 draw Saturday afternoon at a raucous and rain-soaked Providence Park.

The Timbers (0-2-3) are still winless on the season after the late defensive collapse, while the Sounders (2-2-1) avoided an embarrassing loss to their rivals after being bounced from the postseason by Portland last year.

The frantic rally – which included two Sounders goals after the 84th minute -- overshadowed an unlikely brace by Timbers defensive midfielder Diego Chara, who scored his first goals since 2012, and the first goals of the season by Argentines Diego Valeri and Maximiliano Urruti.

Chara’s second and Urruti’s first of the season – coming within a two-minute span early in the second half to give their flat-lining offense double the goals scored by Timbers players through the first four games – broke a 2-2 tie at halftime and seemed to put the Timbers on the path to their first win of the season before the Sounders’ late heroics.

With high-paced back-and-forth action from the opening whistle, the teams combined for 41 shots. Neither team wasted any time in getting things started in their first meeting since Portland won both legs of last year’s Western Conference semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Sounders opened the scoring in the third minute when a corner kick to the far corner was served in by Jalil Anibaba and slammed into the roof netting by an unmarked Cooper.

Portland answered six minutes later when Chara stripped Gonzalo Pineda, sliced through the defense down middle of the field and slotted past Seattle goalkeeper Sefan Frei on a right-footed shot from the top of the area.

The Timbers took the lead in the 14th minute on Valeri’s goal. The attacking midfielder took a cross from Michael Harrington in the right corner of the six with his back to the goal and Anibaba on his hip, spun and chipped perfectly with his left foot off the crossbar and over the line.

Seattle’s answer came in the 24th minute thanks to Dempsey. A poor clearance by Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto set up Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso at midfield, who played ahead to Obafemi Martins and then on to a streaking Dempsey, who beat Timbers goalkeeper Andrew Weber as he charged off his line.

Chara struck again early in the second half when he found open space in midfield and took several touches before uncorking a right-footed blast from 25 yards out that beat Frei to the top corner.

Just a minute later, Urruti offered up a golazo of his own when he stripped Annibaba on the left wing and left fly a drive that curled just inside the far post and outside the reach of a diving Frei.

But after the Timbers’ opening foray of the second half, Seattle began pressing.

It paid off in the 86th minute when a cross played into the area received a slight flick by Martins to Dempsey for an easy, open-net goal. Then with Seattle still controlling the action a minute later, Timbers second-half substitute Ben Zemanski tripped DeAndre Yedlin in the area and was whistled for a penalty. Dempsey calmly converted the spot kick to complete the hat trick and comeback.

Both teams had good looks at a potential game winner, with Dempsey, Yedlin nearly converting for the Sounders and Alvas Powell blasting just over the crossbar in stoppage time for the Timbers.

The Timbers next play host to Chivas USA on April 12, while Seattle play at FC Dallas the same day. Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Clint Dempsey Still concerned? He has four goals in his past two MLS games, and now a place in Cascadia history.
2 Diego Chara Lesson learned. Can't give this guy space at the top of the box especially not twice.
3 Darlington Nagbe Made Yedlin look pedestrian in the first half, and the late injury might have cost Timbers that PK.