MLS Review: Dempsey’s Sounders sink rivals Timbers

A crowd of 53,302 watched Seattle Sounders defeat Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field.

Clint Dempsey scored a second-half brace as Seattle Sounders upstaged arch-rivals Portland Timbers 3-1 in Sunday's MLS blockbuster.
Within the American league's showpiece clash - played in front of 53,302 fans at CenturyLink Field - the Sounders walked away with bragging rights because of Dempsey and Cristian Roldan's late aim.
Reigning MLS Cup champions Portland had by no means won a regular-season match in Seattle, though they had failed to win around the road in 2016.
And that winless run continued immediately after Usa international Dempsey broke the deadlock from the penalty spot within the 61st minute.
Dempsey was at it once more ten minutes in the end, firing the ball low and really hard beyond Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
Roldan added some gloss for the scoreline 3 minutes later, putting Portland for the sword using a easy tap-in because the Sounders created it three consecutive wins.
The Timbers, although, did manage to pull a aim back inside the third minute of stoppage time courtesy of Fanendo Adi.

Sunday's result helped the Sounders boost to 30 points, just two points adrift in the sixth-placed Timbers, who occupy the final play-off spot within the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, DC United overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at house to Eastern Conference rivals New York Red Bulls.
The third-placed Red Bulls led 2-0 just right after the hour-mark due to Bradley-Wright Phillips and Felipe Martins, but two goals within the space of three minutes from Marcelo Sarvas and Patrick Mullins secured a share with the spoils in Washington.