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March 4, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Cascadia Summit day has arrived, and some other links

billboard.jpg“Honestly, from a national perspective, the off-field story of the season in MLS is going to be the Pacific Northwest rivalry. Instantly, Seattle-Portland becomes the best rivalry in the league. It’s not even really close.”

— Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated senior writer

I’m sure most of you remember this (right) from last September. I bet some of you also remember the preseason loss to the Timbers (as they surely remember back-to-back U.S. Open Cup defeats). This passion and pain is what Major League Soccer needs; it’s a point I tried to drive home in the finale of my three-part series on the Cascadia rivalry revived.

Some other links on the subject: MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio caught up with a member of the ECS and another from the Timbers Army the other day. Here’s one big in-depth story from Oregonian writer Geoffrey C. Arnold for Alaska Airlines magazine. If you’re curious about how the Sounders have fared against Portland, go here.

More after the jump:

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LOCAL

— Here’s a Q&A with Mike Fucito, former USL Sounder Kevin Sakuda is getting back into coaching and good things are happening with Korrio.

— Be sure to continue your support for Arlo White in this media bracket. He’s soccer’s lone representative, so help him out!

MLS

— The league announced a new partnership with Opta, a superb sports data collector. Expect MLS stats to be exponential better. Here’s the release.

— Checking in on the rivals, it appears as though Vancouver has signed a much-needed forward. With Portland, here’s a story catching up with forward Kenny Cooper and our old friend caught up with owner Merrit Paulson in Arizona.

— One national writer ponders if Real Salt Lake is the model MLS franchise. You don’t get to that level without a stellar defense, which this site ranks the best in the league. Also they’ll face Saprissa in the CCL semis.

— What would you think of MLS organizing an MLB-like spring training?

— Briefly, FC Dallas is suffering from injuries again, Jaime Moreno is back at D.C. United in a youth training coach, San Jose is having demolition parties with a new stadium on the way and David Beckham has a bizarre tattoo.

INTERNATIONAL

— Turns out CONCACAF will get 3.5 bids to the 2014 World Cup again, but it’s a better 3.5 than the previous 3.5. Instead of an automatic playoff against South American team, now all the playoff teams go into a draw.

— Sounds like U.S. Soccer is after Marcelo Bielsa in a technical role, C-Ron scored another hat trick but hurt himself in the process and FIFA has recorded crazy profits recently (some of that might be going into goal-line technology).

— ESPN has a new coordinating producer for soccer. Hopefully that goes well for the league.

LASTLY

— Apparently there were 36 red cards issued in the referee’s final report from this lower-league game in Argentina. There’s a serious dust up, involving a fan, at the end.

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