The teams have already met twice this season, and Sounders FC have won both. Seattle claimed a 1-0 win in league play May 28 at CenturyLink Field, and then repeated their victory with a 2-1 result in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. That was the 97th time the Cascadia rivals have met since 1975 – Seattle winning 50 times and Portland winning 35, with 12 draws.
Sounders FC will be happy to have their international campaigners back again for the Timbers match. Román Torres scored a crucial goal for Panamá in their World Cup vs. Honduras; he’s one of six Sounders players included in the provisional rosters for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Cascadia Cup rivalry has also been burnished this year as a meeting of the last two MLS Cup champions. MLS Cup 2015 was the first championship in the long history of a Portland Timbers soccer team, which started in 1975. The 2016 title was the first MLS Cup won by Sounders FC, the first championship for the club since the 1995 A-League championship.
While the Timbers have still never won in Seattle in MLS regular season play (now with an 0-7-2 league record there), Sounders FC haven’t won in Portland since 2014. It’s also a rivalry that’s featured goals – and lots of them – in games at Providence Park. The Timbers have won the last three league meetings in Portland, over the last two seasons, scoring 11 goals in the process. One of the clubs has hit for four goals in four of the last five meetings at Providence Park; when the Timbers took a 4-1 win June 28, 2015, it was Portland’s largest margin of victory against the Sounders since 1977.