A crowd of 64,358 fans, the largest in MLS this season, watched the Sounders scrap out a win over their arch rivals to get back onto a playoff spot. Although Portland will feel hard done by the end result.
New York was controlling the game early on but didn't catch and great chances until the half hour mark. The one great chance before that was a Sacha Kljestan run that ended in a timely save from Bill Hamid. Lloyd Sam was they man giving the Red Bulls the lead in the 33rd minute against some horrid defending from DC United. Bradley Wright Phillips volleyed home the second goal in the 42nd off a picture perfect cross from Mike Grella.