U.S. Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers

REPLAY | 2-1 | Starfire Sports Complex; Tukwila, Wash.
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Seattle Sounders FC (M.L.S.) 2, Portland Timbers (M.L.S.) 1
In one of North American soccer’s fiercest derbies, Seattle Sounders FC punched a ticket to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 with a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers. With both M.L.S. clubs fielding second string sides, the Sounders struck first as Aaron Kovar slipped in the back door to turn home Nouhou Tolo’s cross in the third minute to put the hosts up 1-0. Portland responded a half hour later via a Ben Zemanski corner kick that was headed toward goal by Rennico Clarke and then redirected by Augustine Williams, tying the match at 1-1 before half time. Both teams pushed the issue in the second half, spurning multiple chances with Zach Mathers’ 55th minute penalty kick goal proving the exception and eventually the match winner as Seattle dumped its bitter rival from the competition.

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