Timbers face back-to-back rivalry matches

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm •  Published: August 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chase for the Pacific Northwest's Cascadia Cup continues on Sunday when the Timbers face the Sounders in an impassioned rivalry that dates back nearly 40 years.

Portland coach Caleb Porter appreciates the long-simmering duel, but his eyes are on the potential for a few much-needed points as the season winds down.

Portland is clamoring to return to the MLS playoffs after advancing to the Western Conference championship last year. After the Timbers host the Sounders, they'll face the other Cascadia Cup rival, the Whitecaps, next weekend in Vancouver.

The defending Cascadia champion Whitecaps currently lead the three-way rivalry that is based on points. The Timbers lag in last, and a loss Sunday would effectively eliminate them.