Cascadia Cup: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders Links and Match Thread [12:30 pm]

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 25: Fans of the Portland Timbers celebrate a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps on August 25, 2012 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

This is it. It's do or die time for the Portland Timbers. With the last two home games being solid wins and performances for the Timbers and have not lost at all at home in over a month, one could argue that the Timbers should have a bit of confidence heading into the game this afternoon. On the other hand, with the way the Seattle Sounders have been playing of late, it would be hard to argue that the Timbers will still be the underdogs as they desperately try and win the Cascadia Cup tournament.

One big question mark for the Timbers will be who takes over that left back spot with Steven Smith forced to serve a one game suspension for yellow card accumulations. This puts the Timbers at a bit of a disadvantage as Smith has been a rock solid defender of late. No telling who steps in, but if I had to guess, I would say we see Rodney Wallace return to his old position for the match.

General Information

Watch it on: NBC (no streaming option)

Kick off: 12:30pm

Seattle Sounders: 2nd in the West with 47 points

Portland Timbers: 9th in the West with 27 points

Links

Cascadia Cup: Competing Interpretations of 'Rivalry' - Stumptown Footy
I've found that there are varying interpretations of the Portland-Seattle rivalry. What's your interpretation?

Cascadia Cup Preview: Seattle Sounders Much Improved Since June, Thanks to Gspurning's Return - Stumptown Footy
Michael Gspurning has been as good at keeping out goals as his name is at keeping out vowels.

How Portland can Obtain the Cascadia Cup - Stumptown Footy
A look at what Portland has to do to bring the Cascadia back to Portland.

KeyBank Match-up: Donovan Ricketts vs. Michael Gspurning | Portland Timbers

Supporters on the Cup: Bruce Eaton on Seattle | Portland Timbers

In Portland, the quiet before the Cascadia Cup storm | MLSsoccer.com

Final Thoughts

Not much more to say about today's match really. If the Portland Timbers win today they get the Cascadia Cup. If they lose they're not out of the tournament, but it certainly makes things more difficult especially with the final two Cascadia Cup matches being road games and in quick succession. Having not won a single road game this year, I'm hesitant to say that the Timbers will be able to win in that situation.

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