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The Sounders won Sunday — a 3-1 victory over FC Dallas — but they also lost.
The Cascadia Cup is now in the hands of Portland fans after the Timbers clinched the trophy with a 1-0 win in Vancouver (their first road win of the season).
Here were the final standings:
Portland Timbers: 3-1-2 (eleven points)
Seattle Sounders FC: 2-1-3 (nine points)
Vancouver Whitecaps: 0-3-3 (three points)
This marks the first time Portland has won the Cascadia Cup when all three teams were participating. The Timbers also won in 2009 and 2010 when the Sounders were in MLS and the other two were still in the USL.
Each team has now claimed the trophies three times — Vancouver in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and Seattle in 2006, 2007, 2011.
It is worth noting, I feel, that Portland had four of its six Cascadia Cup games at home. The Sounders have four of six on the road; Vancouver was split three apiece.
Here how some Seattle players and coaches responded to the news:
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“Obviously (the Cascadia Cup) is important to everybody top to bottom, especially the fans. If we can’t give them that, then we need to give them something else.” — Brad Evans
“We like to get trophies. We like to win as much as we can, wherever we can.” — Brian Schmetzer
“I think we did what we needed to do. We played two games at home, won those two games, and tied a couple times away. That’s all.” — Fredy Montero
“In the end, we tried everything to keep the Cascadia Cup here. Portland won and (that game in Vancouver) was not in our hands.” — Michael Gspurning