Seattle Sounders Drop Cascadia Summit Opener to Portland Timbers

The Seattle Sounders' unofficial opening salvo in the Great Northwest MLS rivalry didn't close as well as they'd hoped.

In the 21st minute, a rain-soaked Kasey Keller seemingly stopped a shot on goal only to have the ball lay up a few feet in front of him as he watched it rocket to the back of the net off of Timbers forward Jorge Perlaza. Most assuredly this goal was weather-related.

However, the Sounders did nothing to earn a victory—weather-related goal or not.

The Sounders' playing style hasn't changed this year. There are still spots of unbridled excitement riddled in between many minutes of passing the ball around on defense.

Speaking of defense, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is now back in the lineup. He had an up and down night, mixing a few good plays with some bad.

Most notably on defense, though, was the play of Jeff Parke.

Parke made plenty of mistakes, but he was slow to correct them and was constantly in ...

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