Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers began their 2016 wrestling match with the Timbers on the front end of a 2-1 preseason match win in front of 3,112 fans Saturday night at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
Sounders forward Darwin Jones put the Rave Green ahead 1-0 after a scoreless first half in the 53rd minute when his strike just sneaked inside the left post, giving the Homegrown player two goal in two games. The Sounders lead was short lived as second half sub Jack McInerney one touched a pass from Timber defender Andy Thomas to level the score in the 66rd minute.
McInerney was on the receiving end of a second exquisite pass from a Portland defender ( Taylor Peay) and like before waisted no time in finding the back of the net to for the winning goal in the 84 minute.
Three notable players missing from the game on Saturday night for Sounders FC were Clint Dempsey (rest) and Brad Evans (hamstring tightness) were both held out, while Homegrown Player Jordan Morris joined the team earlier in the day after wrapping up the U.S. national team’s January camp on Friday night.
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS Preseason)
Feb. 6, 2016 – Kino Sports Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders 0 1 1
Portland Timbers 0 2 2
SEA: D. Jones, 53
POR: McInerney (Thoma), 66
POR: McInerney (Peay), 84
POR: Peay (Caution), 52
POR: GK Kwarasey (Gleeson, 61), D Powell (Peay, 46), D Borchers (Morley^, 61), D Taylor (Manning, 61), D Valentin (Thoma, 61), M Zemanski (Besler, 61), M Chara (Jewsbury, 46), M Asprilla (Brett^, 61), M Valeri (Polk^, 61), M Melano (Avila*, 46), F Adi (McInerney, 46)
SEA: GK Frei, D Fisher, D Lowe, D Marshall, D Remick, M Roldan, M Fribeg, M Sturgis, F Martins, F Valdez, F Kovar
SEA: GK Miller, D Mears, D Chen, D Scott, D J. Jones, M Alonso, M Mathers, M Ivanschitz, F Samuel (Anderson, 71), F Mansaray, F D. Jones
The Sounders open the season back in Seattle in less than 3 weeks. The club will host Club America in the quarterfinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Feb. 23 at CenturyLink Field before ultimately opening the MLS regular season at home on March 6 against Sporting Kansas City.