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October 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

A look at the standings (Cascadia Cup, Western Conf.) after Sunday’s game

NOTE: This post was originally written Sunday before the Sounders-Timbers game. All the information has been updated to reflect Seattle’s 3-0 win.

The Cascadia Cup could’ve changed hands Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. It didn’t.

The Sounders had to beat Portland to make sure it wouldn’t happen as the Timbers would’ve clinched the trophy with a win or tie. Here’s how things stand in the Cascadia Cup:

Seattle Sounders FC: 2-1-3 (nine points)

Portland Timbers: 2-1-2 (eight points)

Vancouver Whitecaps: 0-2-3 (three points)

The competition will now come down to Vancouver’s Oct. 21 home game against the Timbers. A Whitecaps win or tie would allow the Sounders to retain the Cup. A Portland win would give the Timbers the prize for the first time in a year all three teams competed.

Even if both Seattle and Portland finish with 2-1-3 records, the Sounders own the goal-differential tiebreaker due to Sunday’s three-goal win.

Looking at potential playoff seeding in the Western Conference, you’ll notice in the standings posted below that the Sounders passed the Galaxy for third with the win (and still have a game in hand). Seattle’s next game is against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 17 — a big one.

San Jose has already clinched the No. 1 seed by virtue of Saturday’s win vs. Colorado. Either Vancouver or FC Dallas will be the No. 5 seed.

Here are the games remaining for those No. 2-4 teams:

Real Salt Lake: at Sounders FC, vs. Vancouver

Sounders FC: vs. Real Salt Lake, vs. FC Dallas, at LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy: at San Jose, vs. Sounders FC

Any thoughts?

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