Dempsey’s goal in stoppage time forces draw with Timbers
PORTLAND, Ore. – Clint Dempsey scored in stoppage time and the Seattle Sounders pulled into a 2-2 draw with the rival Portland Timbers in a Cascadia Cup match on Sunday night.
Fanendo Adi scored his 50th career goal for Portland and Dairon Asprilla added another at the end of the first half to give the Timbers a 2-1 advantage until Dempsey’s late equalizer.
The Sounders, who took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Joevin Jones scored on his own rebound, played a man down after Brad Evans was sent off with a red card in the final minutes of the first half. Seattle is winless in three straight games.
Heat in Portland moved the game to the evening, but temperatures were still in the 90’s at the start of the game. The game was stopped for a hydration break in the first half.
Both teams and the Vancouver Whitecaps play in the unique-three-way Cascadia Cup, decided each season on points. The rivalry dates to 1975 when the teams were with the old North American Soccer League, but fans of the three teams christened the Cascadia Cup in 2004. Vancouver is the defending Cascadia Cup champion.
The Timbers tied it at 1 in the 44th minute on Adi’s penalty kick. Evans got the red card for bringing down Darlington Nagbe in the box and was sent off.
Adi is the first Timbers player to reach 50 goals over all eras of the team. He upped his total this season to nine goals.
Portland, which had dropped its previous two matches, went ahead 2-1 in first-half stoppage time on Asprilla’s header off a corner kick, which he celebrated with backflips.
Dempsey, Seattle’s leading scorer against the Timbers with nine goals, came in as a sub in the 56th minute. He headed in a pass from Roman Torres in the 93rd minute for his fifth overall goal of the season.
The Sounders won the first league match between the teams 1-0 on May 27, then won a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match 2-1 earlier this month.
Seattle leads the series in MLS 9-5-5, and the all-time series 50-35-13. It was the 98th all-time meeting between the two teams.
Adi has eight goals in 10 career games against the Sounders, making Portland’s all-time leading scorer against Seattle across all eras.
It was Portland’s 116th consecutive sellout.