First off, I have to give credit where credit is due.
Timbers reporter Mike Donovan alerted me to this stat after Saturday’s game, when he tweeted it was Portland’s first competitive win in Seattle since April 30, 2005 (obviously that includes Tukwila, too, when games were at Starfire Stadium).
By competitive win, we are ignoring preseason and exhibition results, like the Community Shield game in 2010.
Overall, it was a 12-game drought (0-8-4) for the Timbers here, lasting more than eight and a half years and covering three leagues: the United Soccer Leagues First Division (regular season and playoffs), the U.S. Open Cup and Major League Soccer.
Sometimes you just have to see the results…
|Nov. 2, 2013||MLS playoffs||W, 2-1|
|Aug. 25, 2013||MLS regular season||L, 1-0|
|March 16, 2013||MLS regular season||T, 1-1|
|Oct. 7, 2012||MLS regular season||L, 3-0|
|May 14, 2011||MLS regular season||T, 1-1|
|May 10, 2008||USL-1 regular season||T, 0-0|
|Aug. 1, 2007||USL-1 regular season||L, 2-0|
|June 26, 2007||U.S. Open Cup second round||L, 2-1|
|May 5, 2007||USL-1 regular season||L, 1-0|
|July 22, 2006||USL-1 regular season||L, 3-1|
|June 2, 2006||USL-1 regular season||T, 0-0|
|Sept. 18, 2005||USL-1 playoffs||L, 2-0|
|July 8, 2005||USL-1 regular season||L, 4-2|
|April 30, 2005||USL-1 regular season||W, 2-1|
So who were the key Sounders in that span?
You probably could have guessed. Roger Levesque had four goals against Portland in that winless drought, with Eddie Johnson adding three and Taylor Graham chipping in with two. You might recognize a few other scorers in the series like Cam Weaver, Maykel Galindo and Sebastien Le Toux.
I’m sure Seattle fans are hoping it will be another eight-plus years…