The Caleb Porter era can't come soon enough for the Portland Timbers. They were physically up for their Cascadia Cup match against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night, but they certainly didn't have the organization or talent to hang with their rivals to the north. It only took 25 minutes for Seattle to score, and the game was more or less over when the Sounders went ahead. They scored twice more to capture a comfortable 3-0 win.
Adam Johansson created the opener with a cross from the right flank, which was poked in by 'Futty' Mamadou Danso. Eddie Johnson netted three minutes after that, hitting an impressive finish past Donovan Ricketts after Brad Evans played him in on goal with a through ball.
The Timbers looked a bit more threatening in the second half, but only managed one truly great chance, when halftime substitute Mike Fucito hit the post early in the second half. Seattle quickly dispelled any notion that the Timbers had a chance to come back in the 62nd minute, when Fredy Montero punched in his 13th league goal of the season with a close-range finish that deflected off Jack Jewsbury before going in.
Seattle are now comfortably in a playoff spot and are now ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy for 3rd place, which would see them avoid a play-in game. The Timbers are only one point ahead of Chivas USA, the bottom team in the West, and are simply waiting for this season to end so a new era can begin.