Seattle knows history not on its side in Portland

Portland Timbers' Rodney Wallace, left, and Seattle Sounders' Zach Scott vie for the ball in the first half of the first game of the Western Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup soccer playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Seattle. The Timbers won 2-1 in the first of the two-game aggregate playoff series. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle knows history not on its side in Portland

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — History will not be on the side of the Seattle Sounders when they travel to Portland on Thursday night for the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals.

Trailing 2-1 in the aggregate-goal series, the Sounders will be trying to become the fourth team to lose the first game of the two-game conference semifinals at home and advance by winning on the road.

That means the Sounders must be aggressive in pushing forward and getting chances on goal, but be cognizant of their own defensive struggles and make sure they don’t give one up to the Timbers. The Sounders must win by one goal to force extra time. A two-goal victory would advance Seattle to the conference finals, while a draw would be good enough for the Timbers.
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