Brian Fernandez just arrived in Portland two or three months back. He’s rapidly become a scorned figure in Seattle.
Fernandez scored his second goal of the match in the 51st minute, moments after Seattle had pulled even, and the Portland Timbers beat the Sounders 2-1 on Sunday night in the first MLS conflict of the season between the Cascadia rivals.
For Fernandez, it was his third and fourth goals against Seattle this season. He scored twice against the Sounders when the sides met in a U.S. Open Cup match a month ago.
Be that as it may, what he did on Sunday – before a crowd of more than 50,000 – had a greater effect.
“To come to a stadium, especially in a big rivalry derby like this, and be able to score and be able to quiet people and not have people talk to you during the match it’s beautiful,” Fernandez said through an interpreter. “It’s part of the game. I don’t mean to be condescending. I don’t mean to be arrogant about it. It’s just one of those beautiful things about football.”
It was the first league matchup between the opponents since a year ago’s Western Conference semifinals, when Portland advanced from the two-leg series after a debilitating, invigorating second-leg that eventually went to penalties before the Timbers proceeded onward. Portland achieved the MLS Cup final before losing to Atlanta.
While the stakes weren’t the equivalent, the intensity between the two long adversaries was evident and erupted after the final whistle with a few scrums, a lot of pushing and shoving and players waiting be isolated. Seattle’s Roman Torres and Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark were at the center of the activity, however a lot of others were included.
“When you get taunted by some of their players toward the end of the game, that’s a rivalry,” said Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who was trying to separate others after the game. “Maybe getting feisty after the referee blows the whistle and people go after each other, we just need to remember those moments when we play them next time.”
Fernandez scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in simply his second entire month with the Timbers after being signed as an assigned player form Necaxa in Mexico.
Fernandez gave Portland the early lead when he gathered the ricochet from Jorge Moreira’s shot off the crossbar and scored in the 20th minute, completing into an open net. After Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz scored in the 50th minute to pull the Sounders even, Fernandez answered seconds after the fact when his one-time shot deflected off Frei and trickled into the goal.
The triumph kept alive Portland’s odds of winning the Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Timbers, Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. It was likewise an essential three street points for the Timbers, who have only two MLS matches from Providence Park the remainder of the regular season.
It’s additionally the second in a row year Portland won the only regular-season matchup in Seattle.
“There is a belief we can do it together as a group and there is that trust in each other to go out there and play with our hearts and stick to what we ask them to do,” Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said.
While Ruidiaz did gather Seattle’s just goal and his eighth of the season, he’ll likewise lament a pair of missed chances in the first 45 minutes and another opportunity in the 79th minute.
Seattle will get its opportunity to settle the score on Aug. 23 when the teams meet in Portland.
“Still some fire in this rivalry, and that got stoked to a higher level tonight,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. “We’ll remember some of the things that happened tonight, and hopefully we can use that in the next game.”