For most of their 100th meeting, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders poked and probed in a cagey affair that looked all too likely to end scoreless on an unseasonably hot afternoon at Providence Park.
Sebastian Blanco had other ideas, however.
Just four minutes before full time, Portland's Argentinean No. 10 seized on a clear chance carved out by a throughball from substitute Samuel Armenteros, lifting a cool finish over the advancing Stefan Frei to earn the Timbers a 1-0 win over their bitter rivals to the north.
The goal lit up an otherwise workmanlike occasion that could easily have ended with 10 men on each side, as Jordy Delem and Liam Ridgewell were fortunate to receive only yellow cards for ugly challenges in the first half. Seattle's defensive-minded 5-4-1 formation stymied the home side for long periods, only for the Sounders' efforts to be undone by Blanco's late heroics.
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MAN OF THE MATCH
was his usual excellent self and
put in yeoman's work as always, but this honor must go to Sebastian Blanco, who added to the drama by donning a "Chucky" mask in his goal celebration.
- Portland: Saturday, May 19 vs. LAFC (3 pm ET | FOX - Full TV & Streaming Info)
- Seattle: Saturday, May 26 vs. Real Salt Lake (5 pm ET | ESPN+ - Full TV & Streaming Info)