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Talking Points: Let off, then lift off

The Seattle Sounders went down to Portland to re-start their MLS season — again — coming off of an ultimately disappointing end to the MLS is Back Tournament. However one values the Orlando experience, the bottom line was that the Sounders bowed out earlier than expected while the Portland Timbers hoisted the trophy.

So there was a little bit extra on the line this time around given the circumstances surrounding the game, with the Timbers looking to back up their trophy and the Sounders looking to make a statement. And make a statement they did, blitzing the Timbers for three goals in a 13-minute stretch to notch an important road victory against their arch rivals.