History of Sounders-Timbers
City or region Pacific Northwest
First contested May 2, 1975 (POR 0–1 SEA)
Teams involved Seattle Sounders / Seattle Storm vs. Portland Timbers
Number of meetings 74
Most wins Seattle (40 wins)
Most recent meeting May 14, 2011 (SEA 1–1 POR)
Next meeting July 10, 2011 (POR – SEA)
All-time series 40–26–8 (Seattle)
Regular season series League: 34–23–8 (Seattle)
Open Cup: 3–1–0 (Seattle)
Postseason results 3–2–0 (Seattle)
Largest victory POR 1–6 SEA (July 3, 1985)
The Seattle–Portland rivalry is a soccer rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers soccer teams. The rivalry dates back to the North American Soccer League days and has since grown into one of the largest and most bitter rivalries in American soccer…. The rivalry has spanned across several leagues including the USL First Division, A-League, NASL, and Major League Soccer… According to many players, the Seattle–Portland rivalry is one of the only true derbies that is present in American soccer…. Alan Hinton, a former English international and ex-Sounders coach, has compared the rivalry to those seen in the English Premier League… It is largely considered by a majority of fans across the American soccer community to be the most intense rivalry in the United States….Seattle and Portland have had rivalries based on various sports teams. A heated rivalry surrounded the Portland Buckaroos and Seattle Totems of the minor-league Western Hockey League in the 1960s…Later, some fans supported the Thunderbirds or Winterhawks hockey teams. This rivalry “naturally translated into soccer” according to one fan. The two cities also had a rivalry between the SuperSonics and Trail Blazers of the NBA, until the SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.
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Marta, Marta. Most of the talk at the Women’s World Cup is about the biggest star on Brazil’s high-scoring team….However, its biggest achievement may be the zero goals conceded.
Third-ranked Brazil is the only team of 16 with a clean sheet at the tournament after group games. The top-ranked U.S. team will need to improve its firepower in the quarterfinal matchup Sunday in Dresden.
”We didn’t have to concede a single goal. We are focused and ready to face any opponent,” Brazil coach Kleiton Lima said. ”I’m particularly happy about our defense. We had some very strong opponents and it worked 100 percent.”
What is even more surprising is that Lima doesn’t work with a traditional four-player defense. Three will do.
”It allows us to play a compact and aggressive game,” said left back Erika. ”Our 3-5-2, opens (up) lots of opportunities.”
Opportunities for midfielders to fall back and cover, while defenders like Erika roam upfield to score spectacular goals, as she did with the opener in a 3-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday to give Brazil three wins to top Group D.
The lineup, based around defenders Erika, captain Aline and Daiane, gives the team composure to build on.
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