The Cascadia Cup will be making the trip to Portland this weekend, according to a message I received Tuesday night from the Timbers Army.
Why? Well, because Portland Timbers can clinch the 2012 edition of the tournament with a win Saturday over the Sounders, the current holders of the trophy.
Here’s are the current standings in the Cascadia Cup, a fan-sponsored tournament among Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle, Portland and Vancouver:
Portland Timbers: 2-0-1 (7 points)
Seattle Sounders FC: 1-1-1 (4 points)
Vancouver Whitecaps: 0-2-2 (2 points)
As you can see, if the Timbers beat Seattle on Saturday, they will hold a six-point advantage plus a head-the-head tiebreaker over the Sounders with just two games to play. If you remember, Portland also won the previous meeting in June.
Here’s a link to the competition format established back in January, where despite MLS’s unbalanced schedule, the supporters’ groups decided each game will count toward the Cascadia Cup standings.
Portland has never won a Cascadia Cup when Seattle was participating — titles in 2009 and 2010 came against Vancouver when the Sounders were in MLS — and longtime Sounders defender Zach Scott is hopeful that will continue.
“(It’s definitely important) for me personally,” Scott said, “just because I’ve been involved in it from the USL years, as well. … That’s very important to us. It’s a fan-based cup, so obviously it means a lot to fans of both teams, and that’s who we’re trying to bring to the games and send off happy — our fans. Anything we can do to continue that tradition and put another trophy in our trophy case is huge.”
Seattle won in 2011, 2007 and 2006. The Whitecaps won in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
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Do you think the Sounders will be able to defend the Cascadia Cup?