Sounders 1-1 Timbers: Stalemate in battle for Western summit

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers each missed a golden opportunity to go multiple points clear atop the Western Conference on Sunday, instead playing one another to a disjointed 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field. Cristian Roldan put Seattle ahead after just 18 minutes, but Diego Valeri equalized from the penalty spot during first-half stoppage time. Seattle’s unbeaten run was extended to 11 games (six wins) in the process, though Brian Schmetzer’s side will feel like they left more on the table given the discrepancy of clear-cut scoring chances which tilted in their favor. Portland’s unbeaten run stands at three games, though their two-game mini-winning streak fell by wayside. The Sounders (42 points) remain top of the West for the time being, with the Timbers just a single point behind. Sporting Kansas City trail Seattle with two games in hand (three on Portland).

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Three moments that mattered

18′ — Roldan cleans up a goal-line scramble for 1-0 — Timbers Attempt To Defend Set Pieces, Vol. 631

45+2′ — Mattocks wins a PK, Valeri converts it — Darren Mattocks might or might not have actually been touched by anyone wearing white, but Mark Geiger gave the penalty regardless, and Valeri converted with aplomb.

56′ — Attinella denies Morris on the breakaway — Nicolas Lodeiro played Jordan Morris through with the inch-perfect through ball, and Morris even got the chance onto his favored right foot, but Jeff Attinella came off his line to make the big stop.

Man of the match: Cristian Roldan

Goalscorers: Roldan (18′), Valeri (45+2′ – PK)