A year ago at this time, the Portland Timbers had already held their season-ending banquet, passed out their individual awards and gone home, disappointed with an eighth-place finish in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
The Timbers finished the regular season ranked atop the conference standings and hold a 2-1 advantage going into Thursday's second leg of their two-game goal-aggregate conference semifinal against the rival Seattle Sounders.
Even with all the stars the Seattle Sounders have on their roster healthy and ready to go, history says getting through to the MLS Western Conference finals by winning Thursday night in Portland will be unlikely.
Ryan Johnson flicked in a header early in the first half, and Darlington Nagbe scored midway through the second half on Saturday night as the Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinals series.
It's the Sounders against the Timbers, bitter rivals battling in the MLS postseason, and it all starts Saturday at 7 p.m.
It's one thing to play in the postseason, but it's another to square off against your bitter rivals in the playoffs. That's exactly what the Sounders are up against when they face Portland in the Western Conference semifinals.
Adam Moffat is relatively new to Seattle but not to the situation the Sounders are about to face.
With his playing career over, former England captain David Beckham has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Brad Evans blasted in a hard shot in the 28th minute and Eddie Johnson added an insurance goal during second-half stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Western Conference knockout playoff game Wednesday night.
Clint Dempsey finally got on the board in his ninth game back in Major League Soccer, scoring in the 30th minute to give the Seattle Sounders the lead, and Robbie Keane's half-volley goal late in the second half gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 draw in the MLS regular-season finale on Sunday night.
Michel had a goal and an assist to help FC Dallas beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, preventing the Sounders from clinching a playoff spot.
Kalif Alhassan scored late in the first half and the Portland Timbers held on for a 1-0 victory over Cascadia Cup rival Seattle on Sunday night, denying the Sounders a chance to clinch a playoff berth.
Kekuta Manneh recorded the first hat trick of his MLS career and the Vancouver Whitecaps kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.
Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans and forward Eddie Johnson have been called into the U.S. Men's National Team for 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.
Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first 13 seconds into the game, and the Colorado Rapids beat the undermanned Seattle Sounders 5-1 Saturday night.