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Sunday, July 18, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Sounders go down in double overtime

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Portland played catchup all night. The Timbers caught up just in the nick of time.

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's header in the 110th minute stunned the Seattle Sounders 4-3 in double overtime in last night's A-League match before 3,457 fans at Qwest Field.

Alcaraz-Cuellar's flick of the head came on a cross from the farthest right corner of the field on a bending send-in by Byron Alvarez with less than 30 seconds left in added time.

Both Alcarez-Cuellar and Alvarez finished with a goal and an assist as the Timbers beat the Sounders for the fifth consecutive time, dating to 2003.

"It was one of those games where no one deserved to lose," said Timbers midfielder Alex Bengard, who played for the Sounders in 2003.

Marco Velez gave the Sounders a boost, scoring twice, but Seattle couldn't shake Portland.

Velez tallied a goal in the 61st minute for a 2-1 lead, hammering a 40-yard blast into the untouchable region in the upper right corner of the net.

Portland (10-6-0, 30 points) remained in third place in the Western Conference. The Sounders (7-9-3, 24 points) stayed in fourth place.

The loss hurts the Sounders' chances of a top-four conference finish and playoff berth.
Seattle played a man down from the 76th minute on when defender Zach Scott picked up his second yellow card for an automatic ejection.

Other game

Seattle Sounders Women 3, Fort Collins Force 0

Tina Frimpong and Nikki Gamble scored goals 45 seconds apart in the 45th minute as Seattle (10-2-1, 31 points) dominated the W-League Western Conference match at Qwest Field.


• Seattle played the match without leading scorer Welton (pulled left hamstring), captain Jason Farrell (sprained right ankle), Billy Sleeth (stress fracture, left foot) and Danny Jackson (one-game suspension).

• The Sounders face the Bellevue Hispanic League All-Stars today in an exhibition at Qwest Field at 3 p.m.

• Immediately following the Sounders Women's game, Peter Lechak asked Seattle starting D Jahra Jalalian to marry him, using the Qwest Field west-side reader board scroll, which read, "Jahra, Will you marry me? Peter."

Lechak presented Jalalian with roses, then dropped to one knee and put an engagement ring on Jalalian's finger. The two embraced and walked off the field arm in arm, so the answer likely was "Yes."

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