NBC team reviews Saturday spectacular from Portland

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In some ways, it really is a shame that Portland isn’t shin guard-deep in this ongoing playoff race. Because the soccer nation beyond Oregon simply won’t be paying as much attention to matches out of Jeld-Wen Field from now to the end of 2012.

But we did get Saturday – a sun-splashed spectacular from downtown Portland.

The Cascadia Cup remains up for grabs following a 1-1 draw there between the Timbers and Seattle.

Fredy Montero nailed an absolute stunner for the visitors, but Portland’s Rodney Wallace rose to the moment to equalize off a corner kick from Jack Jewsbury, who was excellent in his midfield role.

The NBC team was there; they can take you the rest of the way on this one.

Here are highlights from Saturday …

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And here is Kyle Martino talking to Wallace about the atmosphere and about his critical second-half header.

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