There were no goals but five yellow cards in Sounders FC’s preseason game Saturday against rival Portland.
It was the teams’ first meeting since the Western Conference semifinals last year, which the Timbers won. (Portland fans unfurled a pregame tifo with the message “5-3″ in case anyone forget the aggregate score of that two-game series)
Seattle nearly gave the game away in the 90th minute, when goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann misplayed a ball coming out of his penalty box, but a shot by Portland’s Frederic Piquionne toward an empty net was cleared away on a sliding save by defender Jalil Anibaba.
The Sounders, which welcomed returning U.S. internationals Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin to the lineup, are 2-0-1 in preseason. The Timbers, who played University of Washington product Taylor Peay and ex-Sounder Andrew Weber at the end, haven’t allowed a goal in 239 preseason minutes and are 1-0-2.
Seattle plays Vancouver at 10:30 a.m. Sunday — a game that might see the preseason debut of new addition Marco Pappa — before heading home.
Here are the highlights:
Here is a postgame interview with coach Sigi Schmid (Hahnemann interview here):
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Feb. 5 — San Jose Earthquakes (W, 2-1)
Feb. 6 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W, 2-1)
Feb. 8 — Portland Timbers FC (T, 0-0)
Feb. 9 — Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 22 — Charleston Battery, 1:15 p.m.
Feb. 26 — Houston Dynamo, 11 a.m.
March 1 — D.C. United, 11 a.m.
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SOUNDERS FC 0, PORTLAND TIMBERS 0
Seattle Sounders FC: Marcus Hahnemann, DeAndre Yedlin (Michael Azira 71′), Chad Marshall (Jalil Anibaba 76′), Djimi Traore (Tared Morad 60′), Dylan Remick (Aaron Kovar 60′), Tristan Bowen (Miguel Gonzalez 60′), Osvaldo Alonso (Alex Caskey 60′), Brad Evans (Fabio Pereira 60′), Lamar Neagle (Dzenan Catic 60′), Kenny Cooper (Eriz Zavaleta 60′), Obafemi Martins (David Estrada 60′).
Substitutes Not Used: John McCarthy, Damion Lowe.
Portland Timbers: Donovan Ricketts (Andrew Weber, 60), Jack Jewsbury (Taylor Peay, 60), Norberto Paparatto (Futty Danso, 60), Pa Modou Kah (Rauwshan McKenzie, 60), Michael Harrington (Alvas Powell, 30), Will Johnson (Ben Zemanski, 60; Aaron Long, 87), Kalif Alhassan (Schillo Tshuma, 30), Diego Chara (George Fochive, 60), Darlington Nagbe (Michael Nanchoff, 60), Maximiliano Urruti (Frederic Piquionne, 60), Gastón Fernández (Jorge Villafaña, 60).
POR – Pa Modou Kah (caution) 26′
SEA – Tristan Bowen (caution) 30′
SEA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 41′
POR – Alvas Powell (caution) 49′
POR – Mamadou Danso (caution) 81′