TUCSON, AZ —(Sounders release) In its first competitive match since the 2016 MLS Cup Final, Sounders FC earned a 1-1 draw against Cascadia rival Portland Timbers Saturday evening in preseason action at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona. After Fandeno Adi put the Timbers up in the first half, offseason acquisition Harry Shipp equalized for Seattle with a penalty kick in the 71st minute. It also marked the return to the pitch for forward Clint Dempsey, who saw his first game action since being sidelined with an irregular heartbeat in August of last season. Sounders FC’s 2017 preseason presented by adidas continues this week with a scrimmage against the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday before the team returns to Seattle.
(Cover photo: Harry Ship by Sounders FC)
Adi put Portland up 1-0 in the 17th minute on a set piece following a Seattle foul near the end line. Diego Valeri took the free kick just outside the 18-yard-box and found Adi for a strong header into the back of the net.
The Rave Green equalized in the 71st minute courtesy of a penalty kick from Shipp. After Irvin Parra was fouled in the area, the fourth-year pro stepped up to the spot and fired his attempt past Jeff Atinella to make the game 1-1.
Miller was the only Seattle player to play 90 minutes, making five saves in place of the injured Stefan Frei. The 23-year-old kept it 1-0 in the 60th minute with a leaping save on a Jack McInerney header from a Freddy Adu free kick.
Forward Clint Dempsey got the start for Seattle, logging 30 minutes in his first competitive action since being sidelined with an irregular heartbeat last August. Offseason acquisitions Will Bruin, Harry Shipp, Nouhou Tolo and Gustav Svensson also made their Sounders FC debuts Saturday evening.
The 2017 Sounders FC preseason presented by adidas continues this week in Tucson, with the club’s second preseason match coming this Tuesday, February 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Kino Sports Complex. Sounders FC’s ninth MLS campaign begins on Saturday, March 4 against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. 2017 Season Ticket Memberships still available by calling 877-MLS-GOAL or emailing Sales@SoundersFC.com. Complete information on all Sounders FC ticket packages can be found at SoundersFC.com/Tickets.
Seattle Sounders FC 1 – Portland Timbers 1
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kino North Stadium
Weather: 59 degrees and partly cloudy
POR – Fanendo Adi(Diego Valeri) 17′
SEA – Harry Shipp (penalty) 71′
SEA – Dominic Oduro (caution) 16′
POR – Diego Chara (caution) 25′
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC
First Half Lineup – Tyler Miller; Dominic Oduro, Gale Agbossoumonde, Tony Alfaro, Joevin Jones; Gustav Svensson, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Alvaro Fernandez; Will Bruin
Second Half Lineup – Tyler Miller; Lorenzo Ramos, Brian Nana-Sinkam, Jake Stovall, Nouhou Tolo; Harry Shipp (Jake Morris 79′), Henry Wingo, Shandon Hopeau, Zach Mathers, Seyi Adekoya; Irvin Parra
Total shots: 8
Shots on goal: 7
First Half Lineup – Jake Gleeson; Chance Myers, Rennico Clarke, Liam Ridgewell, Vytas Andriuskevičius; David Guzmán, Diego Chara, Dairon Asprilla, Diego Valeri, Darren Mattocks; Fanendo Adi
Second Half Lineup – Jeff Attinella; Jhamir Ordain, Lawrence Olum, Amobi Okugo, Zarek Valentin, Freddy Adu, Ben Zemanski, Andre Lewis (Lamar Batista 78′), Victor Arboleda, Ryan Johnson (Augustine Williams 78′), Jack McInerney
Total shots: 7
Shots on goal: 5