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Timbers Notes

The 2014 Portland Timbers made an early impression on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Scoring four goals on a team will tend to do that.

The Sounders rallied with two goals in the final five minutes to earn a 4-4 draw at Providence Park, enabling them to leave with one point and several observations of their closest MLS rival to the south.

“When they’re feeling it, they’re a very good offensive team,” Sounders defender Chad Marshall said of the Timbers in year 2 under coach Caleb Porter. “You have to be accountable at all times or else they punish you.”

• Portland is 0-2-3 going into Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. home match with Chivas USA, which fell to 1-2-2 with a 3-0 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“It’s very frustrating,” Timbers midfielder Will Johnson says, of his club’s slow start. “Anybody would be frustrated after five games not having a win.”

Johnson says the Timbers are panicking, though.

“There’s nothing wrong with our morale,” Johnson says. “You just keep working, you keep fighting, you keep doing your job. Eventually those wins will come. “

n Defender Alvas Powell, 19 and Portland’s youngest player, made his first start of the season against the Sounders, replacing 32-year-old Jack Jewsbury. The 6-0, 165-pound Jamaican “really helped us and brought a little bit more team speed and more width,” Porter says.

• The Timbers debuted two large advertisements at Providence Park. A red 76 gas station ball was on a pole on the south side of the stadium. A yellow Tillamook Cheese sign was in the northwest corner of the stadium, over where the Timbers used to keep a giant poster of midfielder Darlington Nagbe.

Nagbe was not available in the locker room after the Timbers to address how he felt about his poster being replaced by a picture of a block of cheese.