The Portland Timbers host the Seattle Sounders in the 3rd Round of the Cascadia Cup this afternoon. The live broadcast comes immediately following the Euro 2012 Quarterfinal match between England and Italy on ESPN.
Euro 2012: ITALY-ENGLAND – 1:30 pm.
MLS: PORTLAND-SEATTLE – 4 pm.
Via Wikipedia comes this description of the Cascadia Cup – is the name of the trophy created in 2004 by supporters of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, which is awarded each season to the best soccer team in the Pacific Northwest. The Timbers, Sounders, and Whitecaps have roots dating to the days of the North American Soccer League. It was first contested in 2004, and was claimed by the Whitecaps. In 2011 the competition continued with the MLS sides Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
From OregonLive.com – Jack, apparently now the Portland Timbers right back, and captain, says he expects plenty of talk between Portland and Seattle leading up the Sunday’s game. Jewsbury said he expects an intense effort from the Timbers as they try to defeat Seattle for the first time in a regular season game.
Via Sounder At Heart – Round three of the 2012 Cascadia Cup contest between sees the Seattle Sounders head down south to face the struggling Portland Timbers. In the mini-league standing no team yet stands out as a leader with the two previous matches ending in draws. The Whitecaps sit in first with two points. For the Timbers this is probably their only chance at a Cup. So even though for a trophy it is minor, for the faithful in Portland this is one of their biggest matches of the year. READ MORE
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