Welcome to the greatest rivalry in MLS
The two teams have been competing, along with the Vancouver Whitecaps, for the Cascadia Cup since 2004. It’s awarded to the club with the best head-to-head record.
This year you can expect a lot of the same excitement. Both teams have been on slides lately, but they will both be firing on all cylinders this afternoon.
Kickoff: 5:00 PM EST
SEA 7-4-4 (2-1-3 V)
POR 3-6-4 (3-2-2 H)
2012 has been a year of struggles for the Portland Timbers.
There were high hopes that the side would build on their positive expansion season but instead they find themselves occupying the cellar of the Western Conference.
The team has been on a slide especially recently. The have only 1 win in the last 6 league games. During that same time period they lost to amateur team Cal FC in the U.S. Open Cup (to give perspective, the Sounders beat Cal FC 5-0).
This team will be playing with extra desperation on Sunday. Oregon Live leaked information last night that Coach John Spencer may need to win against Seattle to keep his job.
Seattle Sounders FC
Everyone in Seattle keeps wondering when the Sounders will find their footing. The team is winless in 6 matches and has dropped points to some poor teams during that stretch.
Basically this means that the I-5 derby is coming at exactly the right time.
The main concern heading into this match for Sigi Schmid’s side is injuries and suspensions. He’s without the services of DP Alvaro Fernandez due to red card suspension and David Estrada(broken foot).
Enough of Seattle’s offensive power is healthy that they should be able to feast on a weak Portland side, but you can never know in a derby match.
Matchup to watch: Eddie Johnson vs. Portland Back Line
On Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City, Eddie Johnson showed an eagerness to get behind the defense, but fell victim to a well coordinated offsides trap led by the Frenchman Aurelien Collin.
The Timbers can’t hope to be so coordinated. Starting center backs Eric Brunner and Hayner Mosquera are both out.
How the makeshift back line copes with Johnson’s speed will go a long way towards determining the outcome of this match.
Seattle is the stronger team and has much more to lose as they try to keep up with the Western Conference elite.
They will build on their performance against Sporting Kansas City at midweek with a win this afternoon.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Portland Timbers 1
Sounders FC Video
The Seattle Sounders (7W-4L-4D) head down the I-5 to take on the Reeling Portland Timbers (3W-6L-4D) at JELD-WEN field.
Despite this, the Sounders shouldn’t underestimate the Timbers after falling last weekend to another team that had 3 wins at the time, the Montreal Impact.
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