The game in 200 words (or less): After a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers, the Cascadia Cup belongs to the Seattle Sounders, and so do three points. Having not won in the last four, the three points, although not hoisted like the cup following the game, are sweeter than any silverware. Seattle, with seven regular-season games left to play, need every point they can get to remain second behind a historic LAFC. Raul Ruidiaz, scoreless throughout the aforementioned run, proved to be the difference, with one goal and assist throughout the night. The Timbers, who hang on by a thread in the playoff race, fell back on Diego Valeri’s genius in the second half, but it wasn’t enough this time around. They remain in the seventh spot with 37 points.
Three moments that mattered
10′ — Cristian Roldan opens the scoreline — Awkward assist from Ruidiaz, simple tap-in from Roldan.
60′ — Ruidiaz makes it 2-0 — Chances are Ruidiaz will score inside the box on a first-time strike.
54′ — Valeri gives Portland life — We’ve seen him do better before, but Valeri likes to show up against the Sounders.
Man of the match: Raul Ruidiaz
Goalscorers: Roldan (60′), Ruidiaz (47′), Valeri (54′)