The Cascadia Cup

After a promising opening win vs. Philadelphia, it’s been a disappointing season for the Portland Timbers, with many roster moves, the coach fired, a fan favorite player traded, and a nine-game winless streak going into a rivalry match against Vancouver on Saturday at JELD-WEN Field.

But the traditional rival might be just what the Timbers need to turn around their fortunes.  In fact, in the MLS rivalry between Seattle, Vancouver, and the Timbers, the Timbers have the top record in the regional rivalry?

Surprised?

Since the start of the 2011 season when all three teams were in MLS for the first time, there have been 10 games between the three teams.  While Seattle and Vancouver have played more of these regional matches between them this season, when averaged for points/match over that span, the Timbers come out on top:

Timbers: 3 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws, 11 points, 1.83 points/match
Seattle: 3 wins, 1 loss, 3 draws, 12 points, 1.71 points/match
Whitecaps: 0 wins, 4 losses, 3 draws, 3 points, 0.42 points/match

In fact, should the Timbers secure a win on Saturday, they would be in a very good position to win the 2012 Cascadia Cup which is the supporters trophy that is contested between the three teams.  The Cup has existed since 2004, and may not have the prestige it did during it’s USL days when it was first conceived, it would be a remarkable achievement for the Timbers to win the Cup in what has been a very frustrating season.

For more information about the Cascadia Cup, which the Timbers won in 2009 and 2010 when only the Timbers and Whitecaps contested it, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_Cup