The Sounders survived a barrage of shots from the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field, escaping with a 2-1 victory in front of a crowd of 64,538. The victory brought Seattle within two points of Portland in the Western Conference table and ahead of 7th-placed San Jose on goal difference alone.
Despite being outshot by Portland 20-6, a tip-toeing shot from Obafemi Martins and a hotly-debated penalty from Brad Evans proved enough to hold off the visitors. The penalty kick was awarded after Portland GK Adam Kwarasey took down Martins in the penalty area, much to the disappointment of Portland players and traveling fans.
Sounders GK Stefan Frei turned in a Man of the Match performance, making several stellar saves to preserve the win, the lone goal coming from a Jack Jewsbury goal in the 58th minute. The match also saw the return of Osvaldo Alonso, who has been absent since a hamstring injury suffered against Vancouver on August 1.
The Sounders return to action next Saturday, September 5th against Toronto FC, a match featuring both Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey (if healthy) on break from their national team duty. Sounders FC will likely be without Marco Pappa and Roman Torres, both mainstays for their national teams, while Toronto will be without superstar Sebastian Giovinco, called up to play for Italy.