Johnson gives Seattle 1-0 win over rival PortlandAP , Associated Press
Aug. 26, 2013 12:59 AM ET
SEATTLE (AP) — Eddie Johnson nodded a header past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts off a free kick in the 60th minute as the Seattle Sounders made Clint Dempsey's home debut memorable with a 1-0 win Sunday over the Timbers before the second-largest, stand-alone crowd in Major League Soccer history.
The crowd of 67,385 trailed only the first home game for the Los Angeles Galaxy against New York in 1996 that drew 69,255. It topped the 66,452 that saw Seattle and Portland play last October at CenturyLink Field and was the largest for any match in Seattle, topping a friendly against Manchester United in 2011.
The Sounders moved into a share for fifth place in the Western Conference with 37 points and still have at least one game in hand on the rest of their playoff competition.
In Carson, California, Erick Torres scored two goals, the first from a penalty, as Chivas USA beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2.
Julio Morales also scored to help Chivas, while Tim Cahill and Dax McCarty scored for the Red Bulls, both off Thierry Henry passes.
New England's Kelyn Rowe scored twice to lead the Revolution past the Philadelphia Union 5-1.
Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo also scored for the Revolution, who also benefited from an own goal by Philadelphia's Amobi Okugo.
Danny Cruz scored for the Union.