Major League Soccer

Roldan's goal gets Sounders by Timbers

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SEATTLE (AP) Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer will occasionally drop reminders to his club about last year and the qualities that eventually led to the Sounders winning the MLS Cup title.

Those reminders can be very specific, or in the case of Seattle's 1-0 victory over rival Portland on Saturday, a simple message that getting a successful result is all that matters.

"Today what I wanted to remind them of wasn't those particular words but the fact they've been able to figure out ways how to win games," Schmetzer said. "I think that's the broader message that I want to get to them. Sometimes this is going to happen - it was hot, the turf was sticky, the soccer wasn't going to be great - but they played like champs."