Brian Fernandez notched another brace as the Portland Timbers sunk the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. Here are three things we learned from Portland’s 2-1 win.
The Portland Timbers took to the trip to CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon for the first Major League Soccer match in the Cascadia derby of the 2019 season. The Seattle Sounders, looking to chase down the LA-based teams at the top of the West, will be disappointed with the result and performance.
Brian Fernandez scored twice for the Timbers, cancelling out Raul Ruidiaz’s lone strike just after half-time. Portland now move to within touching distance of the playoff positions, while the Sounders failed to leapfrog the LA Galaxy back into second.
Here are three things we learned from the Timbers’ 2-1 victory.
3. Let’s talk about sportsmanship
Derby matches are never going to be the most friendly. They are always more heated than the routine MLS fixtures. And this is especially true for any time the Seattle Sounders face the Portland Timbers. They do not like each other.
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However, that does not excuse some of the behaviour from both sets of players on Sunday. Brian Fernandez and his ongoing battle with Ramon Torres, Steve Clark’s chat getting him in trouble, the referee frequently surrounded by players after what they believe are egregious decisions. This was a bitty match with a few heated moments.
I do not want to complain too much because I love the fiery nature of football. Rivalries are a key part of the sport and it would be sad to see them watered down. Nevertheless, being a good and respectful sportsman should be the priority and sometimes these teams lost that here.