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July 5, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Sounders back in Cascadia Cup action

The Cascadia Cup is back at the forefront, as the Sounders get set to face Pacific Northwest rival Vancouver on the road Saturday.

One of the big stories in this one will be the Whitecaps’ drought against top rivals Seattle (0-3-3) and Portland (0-4-2). Vancouver nearly broke through at CenturyLink Field last month, but blew a second-half lead in a 3-2 defeat.

The Sounders are 1-0-2 up in Canada in the MLS era.

“We expect to do well up there,” said defender Zach Scott, a veteran steeped in the rivalry. “It feels like almost a second home with the results that we’ve gotten. Every time we go up there we seem to play well.”

Eddie Johnson has five goals in seven Cascadia Cup games. “These are big games where you want to show well,” he said. “I think from Day 1 I knew the importance of these Cascadia games and these rivalry games. I think I’ve done a good job.”

Here is a look at the 2013 standings and results:

Seattle Sounders FC — 1-0-1 (4 pts.) +1 GD, four goals scored
Portland Timbers — 0-0-2 (2 pts.), 0 GD, three goals scored
Vancouver Whitecaps — 0-1-1 (1 pt.), -1 GD, four goals scored

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Date Game/result Venue
March 16 Seattle 1-1 Portland CenturyLink Field
May 18 Vancouver 2-2 Portland BC Place
June 8 Seattle 3-2 Vancouver CenturyLink Field
July 6 Vancouver vs. Seattle BC Place
August 3 Portland vs. Vancouver JELD-WEN Field
August 25 Seattle vs. Portland CenturyLink Field
October 6 Vancouver vs. Portland BC Place
October 9 Seattle vs. Vancouver CenturyLink Field
October 13 Portland vs. Seattle JELD-WEN Field

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