Seattle vs Portland: By the Numbers (NASL Era, 1975-82)

NASL Era – Sounders vs Timbers (1975-82)

League – 20 Meetings

Home (form): 7-2-1 GD: 21-11 [WWWWWW(TW)LLW]

Away: 4-4-2 GD: 12-10 [WLWL(TL)L(TW)LWW]

Total: 11-6-3 GD: 33-21 [WLWWWWL(TL)WLWW(TW)(TW)LLLWWW]

Playoffs – 1 Meeting

Home: None

Away: 0-1-0 GD: 1-2 [L]

Total: 0-1-0 GD: 1-2 [L]


Record Win: 5-1, Kingdome, 6/30/1979

Record Defeat: 0-3, Civic Stadium, 6/11/1977

Record Total Goals: 6, Seattle 5:1 Portland, 6/30/1979

Doubles (win home & away same season): 3/1

Portland’s Chris Dangerfield, left, and Mike England battle for the ball in the Timbers’ first visit to Seattle, in 1975.

Individual LeadersGoals (all comps): 6-Clyde Best (P), 5-Peter Ward (S), 3-Peter Withe (P), 3- Derek Smethurst (S)

Assists: 5-Paul Crossley (S), 5-Willie Anderson (P), 4-Steve Buttle (S), 4-Steve Daley (S)

Shutouts: 2-Tony Chursky (S), 2-Mick Poole (P), 2-Jack Brand (S), 2-Paul Hammond (S)

Appearances: 16-Willie Anderson (P), 12-John Bain (P), 12-Graham Day (P), 12-Brian Gant (P), 11-Steve Buttle (S), 10-Alan Hudson (S), 10-David Butler (S/P)

Coaching Records: John Best (S) 4-2-0, Vic Crowe (P) 5-8-2, Jimmy Gabriel (S) 3-2-1, Don Megson (P) 1-2-1, Alan Hinton (S) 4-3-2, Brian Tiler (P) 1-1-0

Referee Assignments: 3-Dante Maglio, 2-John Davies, 2-Klaus Krestchmer

Sent off: None

Top Attendance

Home: 34,012, 6/30/1979

Away: 31,523, 8/12/1975 (playoff)

Seattle and Portland met 8 times during the 6v6 winter indoor seasons, from 1980-82. Here Cho Young-jeung, left, duels with Alan Hudson. (Frank MacDonald Collection)


Derek Smethurst (home, 1979) and Peter Ward (away, 1982) achieved the only hat tricks…David Butler is only player to score for both sides (SEA 1977, POR 1979)…In 1977, Sounders came from 2-0 down at home to win, 3-2…Sounders’ first league game in Kingdome (4/25/1976) was settled by Geoff Hurst penalty…Timbers’ inaugural match was 1-0 home loss (5/2/1975) and final match was 1-0 home loss (8/22/1982). Jimmy Gabriel’s penalty opened the series scoring and Mark Peterson closed the account…First postseason match for either club was first round in 1975, an overtime game won by Tony Betts in front of the NASL’s largest non-Pele crowd to date…Don Megson, Portland coach from 1978-79, is the father of Neil Megson, who joined Seattle in 1983 and later was player and coach of Sounders in A-League…Roger Goldingay, a Bellevue product who became the first homegrown Sounder in 1974, became an original Timber as well, in 1975. He was the first player to play on both sides of the rivalry…Seattle and Portland met four times in each of the the two NASL indoor winters seasons, 1980-82. In 1995, the 6v6 derby was renewed with the CISL SeaDogs and Pride.