This is it. On Friday the Cascadia Cup will head to either Seattle or Vancouver, to the United States of America or Canada. You will not want to miss this one.
With local pride, playoff positions and a coveted cup on the line, the Seattle Sounders welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to CenturyLink Field (Watch live on NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) in what promises to be a thrilling clash.
The Sounders are currently top of the Cascadia standings and know a win or a draw would seal their first success since 2011. However, defending Cascadia champs Vancouver stand in their way and with Carl Robinson’s men desperate for a win to enhance their hopes of making the MLS playoffs, a victory would seal a seconds-straight title as ‘Kings of Cascadia’. In terms of the league standings, the ‘Caps sit just one place outside the playoff spots in the West and are two points behind Cascadia’s third team, the Portland Timbers, in the postseason hunt.
With just two regular season games left, fans of the Timbers are urging bitter rivals Seattle to win on Friday night (that does not happen often) adding an extra spice to this one. Plus, there’s more. Seattle are leading the Supporters’ Shield race and are joint-top of the Western Conference with the LA Galaxy, so they won’t be letting up either.
So, it’s quite simple, a win or draw for Seattle sees them lift the Cascadia Cup, while a win for Vancouver means they’ll be heading back to British Columbia with the trophy and be back in the playoff spots in the West.
Get ready, this could get crazy at CenturyLink as the final Cascadia clash of the 2014 season is upon us.