Larrys Mabiala scored twice off corner kicks in the second half as the Portland Timbers defeated the host Seattle Sounders 3-2 on Saturday afternoon, extending their MLS unbeaten streak to 10 matches.
Diego Valeri assisted on all three Portland goals as the Timbers (7-3-5) won at CenturyLink Field in regular-season MLS play for the first time. They were 0-7-3 prior to Saturday’s match.
Samuel Armenteros also scored for the Timbers, who snapped a streak of three straight draws. They are 7-0-3 in their past 10 matches.
Victor Rodriguez and Chad Marshall scored for the two-time defending Western Conference champion Sounders (3-9-3), who twice rallied to tie the score.
Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who suffered a concussion late in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Chicago, missed the match.
Bryan Meredith made his first MLS start since July 15, 2012, in Frei’s place. Meredith made three saves and couldn’t be faulted for any of Portland’s goals.
After a scoreless first half, Mabiala’s header from the 12-yard spot made it 1-0 in the 48th minute.
The Sounders tied it in the 51st as Nicolas Lodeiro moved down the right wing and fed a one-hop pass to Rodriguez at the far post. Rodriguez’s diving header made it just between the left post and Timbers goalie Jeff Attinella.
Portland regained the lead in the 57th minute as Armenteros faked out Sounders defender Waylon Francis, moved toward the center of the field and blasted a left-footed shot into the lower left corner from 15 yards out.
Seattle tied it in the 68th as Chad Marshall headed the ball into the right side of the net off a Lodeiro corner kick.
Portland scored the winner in the 74th as Mabiala, in the center of the field about 9 yards out, headed a corner into the upper right corner of the net. Mabiala doubled his season output with his third and fourth goals of 2018.
Portland outshot Seattle 16-10, with Attinella also making three saves.
It was the 101st all-time meeting between the teams, dating to 1975 in the North American Soccer League.
—Field Level Media