Seattle Sounders 2, Portland Timbers 3
The Portland Timbers beat Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field for the first time in the regular season as defender Larrys Mabiala played the role of unlikely hero in a wild second half that saw Seattle battle back twice before conceding the winner in a 3-2 goalfest.
Samuel Armenteros also scored for the Timbers, who saw Diego Valeri assist on all three goals in a vintage performance. Valeri’s outstanding showing eclipsed that of his South American counterpart, Nicolas Lodeiro, who set up both Sounders goals.
Portland slightly edged a tight first half, as both teams forced the opposition goalkeepers to work. Bryan Meredith – filling in for an injured Stefan Frei in Seattle’s goal – reached back to make an impressive stop on Mabiala in the 22nd minutes, while Jeff Attinella had to make a diving save on Cristian Roldan just before the break.
The game sprung to life mere minutes into the second half, with Mabiala getting enough space in the 48th minute to put away Valeri corner kick for his second goal in as many games. The Timbers’ lead was short-lived, though, as Victor Rodriguez finished a beautiful in-swinging cross from Lodeiro with a diving header.
The two rivals weren’t done there, and Portland quickly re-took the lead through Armenteros, who ran onto a through ball from Valeri, beat his defender and finished low to the far post. Chad Marshall responded in the 68th minute with the second set-piece goal of the game, a header from Lodeiro’s corner kick, but Mabiala and the Timbers had the last laugh as the big defender headed in his second of the game from another corner kick.
48′ – POR – Larrys Mabiala
51′ – SEA – Victor Rodriguez
57′ – POR – Samuel Armenteros
68′ – SEA – Chad Marshall
74′ – POR – Larrys Mabiala
San Jose Earthquakes 3, LA Galaxy 3
California Clasicos at Stanford Stadium are typically full of drama, and Saturday’s edition was no different, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 3-3 draw.
The Galaxy started the scoring immediately, as Chris Pontius fought for a ball poorly cleared out of the box, and his flick-on was buried by Zlatan Ibrahimovic before 60 seconds had been played in the game.
But the Earthquakes got a chance about 12 minutes later, as Bradford Jamieson IV conceded a penalty on Magnus Eriksson. Chris Wondolowski’s penalty was saved by David Bingham, but the striker followed up and buried the rebound to make it 1-1.
But the Galaxy picked back up from dead ball situations, with Romain Alessandrini scoring an audacious free kick from just outside the side of the 18-yard box and blasting it inside the near post, and then Ibrahimovic hitting a low blast from a free kick to beat Andrew Tarbell five minutes later for his second goal of the match.
Vako then scored to cut San Jose’s deficit to one before halftime, and the Quakes drew another penalty, with Wondolowski converting his second chance from the spot on the the first try. Wondolowski nearly won the game in the final minute, but his shot clanged off the post.
1′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
15′ – SJ – Chris Wondolowski
20′ – LA – Romain Alessandrini
25′ – LA – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
39′ – SJ – Vako Qazaishvili
69′ – SJ – Chris Wondolowski (PK)