MLS: Portland 2, Seattle 1

June 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

PORTLAND, Ore., June 24 (UPI) -- Kris Boyd and David Horst scored first-half goals Sunday and the Portland Timbers hung on for a 2-1 victory over Seattle that featured a late melee.

Boyd scored in the 16th minute thanks to a run behind the Seattle defense and an accurate cross from Steven Smith, putting the ball into an empty net.

Horst doubled the lead 9 minutes later when he headed a Franck Songo'o corner kick into the net.

The Timbers (4-6-4) came up with just enough defense in the second half to notch their first MLS victory over bitter rival Seattle.

The Sounders (7-5-4) got a 58th-minute goal from Eddie Johnson but it wasn't enough to prevent their club-record winless streak in league play from reaching seven games.

The game erupted into fights during stoppage time, when Seattle's Fredy Montero was given a red card for leveling Horst. Also ejected was Portland defender Lovel Palmer, who elbowed Johnson during the scuffle.

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