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Sounders beat Timbers 2-1 as Stefan Frei stops penalty kick

May 9, 2021, 2:33 PM
PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Yeimar Gomez #28 celebrates a goal by Raul Ruidiaz #9 of Seattle Sounders against the Portland Timbers in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: (L-R) Joao Paulo #6, Stefan Frei #24 of Seattle Sounders and Diego Valeri #8 of Portland Timbers have a conversation in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Fredy Montero #12 of Seattle Sounders reacts in the second half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Fredy Montero #12 of Seattle Sounders controls the ball against Andy Polo #7 of Portland Timbers in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Stefan Frei #24 of Seattle Sounders reacts in the second half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Shane O'Neill #27 of Seattle Sounders and Jeremy Ebobisse #17 of Portland Timbers battle for possession in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Eryk Williamson #19 of Portland Timbers controls the ball against Kelyn Rowe #22 of Seattle Sounders in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Yeimar Gomez #28 of Seattle Sounders and Yimmi Chara #23 of Portland Timbers battle for possession in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Fredy Montero #12 of Seattle Sounders celebrates after scoring a goal against the Portland Timbers in the second half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Spencer Richey #18 of Seattle Sounders looks on before the game against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Cristian Roldan #7 of Seattle Sounders warms up before the game against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Stefan Frei #24 of Seattle Sounders warms up before the game against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 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(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Jeremy Ebobisse #17 of Portland Timbers and Shane O'Neill #27 of Seattle Sounders battle for possession in the first half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Cristian Roldan #7 of Seattle Sounders reacts in the first half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Kelyn Rowe #22 of Seattle Sounders reacts in the first half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) PORTLAND, OREGON - MAY 09: Raul Ruidiaz #9 of Seattle Sounders and Jose van Rankin #2 of Portland Timbers battle for possession in the first half at Providence Park on May 09, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Raúl Ruidíaz scored his fifth goal in four games and the Seattle Sounders beat the rival Portland Timbers 2-1 on Sunday to remain undefeated.

Sounders 2, Timbers 1: Box score

Ruidíaz scored on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute and Fredy Montero added a goal in the 79th to help the Sounders improve to 3-0-1.

Seattle’s Stefan Frei stopped a penalty kick in the 56th minute and then denied the re-take. Jeremy Ebobisse drew a foul in the box and Frei deflected Valeri’s attempt, but video review allowed for the retake — and Frei blocked Valeri’s attempt again.

Portland’s Bill Tuiloma denied Frei the shutout with a goal in stoppage time.

It was the 112th meeting between the teams since 1975, when both were part of the North American Soccer League. The Sounders have a 13-10-4 advantage in the MLS era.

Portland (1-3-0) is in the midst of a tough stretch, playing five matches in 15 days. The Timbers are coming off of a 3-1 loss to Club America Wednesday in Mexico City, which eliminated the team in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ebobisse started for Portland for the first time this season after a thigh injury.

The Sounders, coming off a 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy last Sunday, were without Nicolas Lodeiro because of right knee pain.

Ruidíaz had a great opportunity from close range in the 11th minute, but his shot missed to the right. Shortly thereafter, the Timbers had to make an early substitution when Larrys Mabiala was injured and replaced by Tuiloma.

Tuiloma’s header at the end of the first half was stopped by Frei, who is three shutouts away from taking over third on the league’s all-time list.

The Timbers were hurt in the second half when goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was stretchered off with an injury. He was replaced by Hunter Sulte, a 19-year-old 6-foot-7 homegrown goalkeeper.

The Timbers and Sounders last met in October, playing to a 1-all draw in Seattle.

Last time: Smith, Ruidíaz score as Sounders overwhelm Galaxy 3-0

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