Tonight the Portland Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders for the last time this year. They also have the unique and somewhat lucky opportunity to secure the Cascadia Cup trophy with a draw due to the fact that Seattle was unable to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps just a week prior.
While many of you aren't feeling exactly hopeful for tonight's game, the good news is that if the Timbers do fail to win the Cascadia Cup tonight they will still have a decent opportunity to win the trophy next week in Vancouver. So not everything is riding on tonight's game. Though, obviously, a win tonight would be the best possible result.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of tonight's match:
Watch it on: ESPN
Kick off: 6:00pm at CenturyLink Field
Seattle Sounders: 4th in the West with 49 points.
Portland Timbers: 8th in the West with 30 points.
My First Experience with Seattle Away - Stumptown Footy
12 years ago I took my first trip to Seattle to watch a Cascadia Cup game, it was nothing like what it is now.
Cascadia Cup: A Sarcastic Preview of the Seattle Sounders - Stumptown Footy
A quick overview of everything we've learned about the Seattle Sounders over the year, in preparation for the final exam.
The Cascadia Cup is Much More Than a Consolation Prize - Stumptown Footy
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Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers @ Seattle Sounders Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat - Stumptown Footy
With the final game of the season against arch-rivals the Seattle Sounders and the Cascadia Cup trophy on the line, I spoke with Dave Clark to ask him about Seattle's current priorities.
Everybody knows what's on the line tonight. There should be no doubt that this is an important game for that lone reason. However, I can't help but wonder if there would be as much excitement were that not the case due to the fact that the Timbers very recently played Seattle and this is their third meeting over all. I hate to sound like a broken record, but this unbalanced schedule really takes some excitement away from the sport.
I guess we'll have to wait until next year to really see if it has an adverse effect.