Seattle Sounders 1, Portland Timbers 0
Clint Dempsey's introduction to the Cascadia rivalry came before one of the largest crowds in Major League Soccer history and was filled with pushes and shoves, harsh tackles and heated words.
And Seattle got the better of its rivals from Portland.
''I told the guys before the game, this career is so fleeting and there is so much uncertainty day to day ... but the one thing I know for certain is we beat Portland, period,'' Seattle defender Zach Scott said. ''We're always going to be the team to beat. They can say there is a changing of the guard, they can say we're a group of stars and they are the team, but in the end we are the ones that are going to come out victorious.''
Eddie Johnson flicked a header past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts off a free kick in the 60th minute, and the Seattle Sounders made Dempsey's home debut memorable with a 1-0 win Sunday night over the Portland Timbers before the second-largest, stand-alone crowd in Major ...