First-half storm leads Timbers past Sounders in rematch

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Portland put in a first 45 minutes to be remembered after losing at Seattle a week earlier

The Portland Timbers avenged last week's Cascadia derby loss to the Seattle Sounders with a 4-2 victory on Sunday at Providence Park.

Portland led 4-0 by halftime in a what looked like it could be the most lopsided game ever between the teams, but a pair of quick Sounders goals after halftime momentarily looked like it would bring some drama to the one-sided match.

Vytautas Andriuskevicius opened the scoring in the 16th minute when his header off Jack Jewsbury's corner kick just crossed the goal line, as confirmed to referee Hilario Grajeda by goal-line technology.

Five minutes later, Fanendo Adi doubled Portland's lead, and Lucas Melano scored in the 29th minute to make it 3-0 Timbers. A wide-open Steven Taylor on Diego Valeri's free kick made it 4-0 in the 44th minute. 

The Sounders made a double switch to start the second half, bringing on Herculez Gomez and Roman Torres for Alvaro Fernandez and Tyrone Mears. Just over 90 seconds into the half, Andreas Ivanschitz's shot took a huge deflection off Taylor's head and went into the net. Jordan Morris scored on an open header four minutes later, and the Sounders had a comeback on their mind.

But Portland held on as the half went on, and the Timbers, still in the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, pulled four points clear of Seattle and three points clear of the San Jose Earthquakes, the next-closest team.