Timbers to face rival Sounders in Western Conference Semifinals

Photo: Bennett Dewan

The Portland-Seattle Cascadia rivalry hits a fever pitch this week, as the Timbers will face Seattle Sounders FC in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The match up of the 5-seed Timbers and 2-seed Sounders is their second MLS-playoff meeting, with the Timbers winning both games of the previous postseason series in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals.  The sides have met four previous times in the playoffs across all eras.  Sunday will mark the 103rd all-time rivalry game between Portland and Seattle.

The Timbers-Sounders match up was finalized thanks to Thursday’s result of the other Knockout Round match, as 6-seed Real Salt Lake won at 3-seed Los Angeles FC, 3-2.  RSL moves on to face 1-seed Sporting Kansas City in the other West Semifinal.

As the lower-seeded club, the Timbers will host Leg one of the two-leg aggregate-goal semifinal.  It begins Sunday with a 2:30pm kickoff time from Providence Park.  Leg two will be Thursday, November 8th from Century Link Field in Seattle, a 7:30pm kick.  Both games can be heard on 102.9FM/750AM The GAME and here on 1029TheGame.com, with a one hour pregame show leading up to kickoff.  Sunday’s opening leg will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Including the playoffs, the MLS-era Timbers have posted a record of 7-3-3 against the Sounders at Providence Park.  Portland won two of the three regular season meetings this season between the two rivals, including a 1-0 win at Providence Park on May 13th and a 3-2 win at Century Link Field on June 30th.  Seattle won in Providence Park 1-0 on August 26th.

The Timbers advanced to the Conference Semifinals thanks to a 2-1 road win at FC Dallas this past Wednesday, with Diego Valeri scoring the club’s first-ever playoff brace.

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Stay locked to The GAME for the latest on the playoff match up as the Timbers seek to pull the upset on their rivals to the North.






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