We've already inundated you guys with previews for tomorrow's match and, having played FC Dallas just a couple weeks before there's simply not much more to say. So instead of rehashing the same content, once again, I figure some light discussion would be in order for this steamy Saturday afternoon. The topic of discussion? The Cascadia Cup.
Let's be realistic, at this point the 45 points goal the Portland Timbers FO has set for themselves is a fairly unrealistic marker for the team to meet. With 21 of 34 games played so far this season, the Timbers would need to go on a serious winning streak starting now. In fact, not counting draws, the Timbers would need 9 wins of the next 13 games to make that goal (or 8 games and 2 draws). For a team currently sitting at the bottom of the table, that kind of turn around would be discussed for years.
But there is a shining light at the end of this dark and dreary tunnel that is our season: the Cascadia Cup! While far from over, the Timbers are currently in the lead with 4 points and have the advantage heading into the next series of games as all three Cascadian teams having played 2 games each.
But that's not to say it will be easy. 2 games down with 4 more to go against two teams that, let's be honest here, are simply better than the Timbers. As much as I would love to tout that we are the best on field team in the Northwest, that's not the case and both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will be looking to steal 3 points from the Timbers when the visit Jeld-Wen again later this year. Additionally, the Timbers, who have not won on the road yet this year, have yet to play at either CenturyLink Field or BC Place.
Still, the Cascadia Cup is the last bastion of a terrible season and while the play-offs might be a damn near impossibility at this point, Cascadia Cup is still very much within reach. Now let's just hope the players and staff feel the same way. If they are going to win anything this season, the Cascadia Cup should be their primary focus.
But what do you think? Still holding out for a play off spot?