We all know the Cascadia Cup. We all know the three competitors. We all know what it means to the fans and the players. But let's be honest, someone reading this, has no idea why I'm writing this.
Now let's not get attack them, instead, let's enlighten our precious reader. What's that? You still have no idea what the hell I'm talking about? Oh right.
So, back to the issue. Why am I writing this? I mean, the Caps haven't had a game against since that amazing road win against Seattle.
Well, important reader, if you saw the MLS schedule, you have probably seen that Portland plays Seattle today. But, heh, who wants to watch our rivals go at each other. That's like as if we were Batman, and a televised battle between the Joker and the Penguin is on TSN!
However, valued member of 86 Forever (and whoever scrolls down enough to see the "Fanpost's Section), you have just missed a moment of Caps history. Portland just defeated Seattle 1-0, which would seem to be a meaningless game to you and I. But, in reality, the Whitecaps just won their FIRST PIECE OF SILVERWARE IN THEIR MLS ERA!
By our standers, a massive step to becoming an elite team. A step I will remember for a long time, and one we will shamefully gloat about in front of the Portland and Seattle supporters, until that Dempsey kid learns to show up.
But, it's not just silverware for the team and fans. It has a deeper meaning, that I have analyzed
on the drive home from thanksgiving dinner for numerous years.
REASONS WHY WINNING THE CASCADIA CUP IS MORE THEN JUST SILVERWARE
Folks, let's get serious. Although we love him, we've demanded for his head sometimes. Martin Rennie has made some controversial decisions which have led some fans to believe he isn't the right man for the job. Whether or not this talk made it's way up to the head offices is beside the point; the thing is, his job was at risk in the fans eyes. However, now that we're clenching this trophy, maybe his role as club manager is spared! Even if you don't like the man, you have to compliment him changing the club mentality's on derby matches from "tie" to "win.
2. Sense of Accomplishment
This season, like all seasons before it, have been built with highs and lows. Camilo's scissor kick, derby wins and late equalizers were some highs, but successive winless streaks, losing the Canadian Cup and some bad home form were some letdowns. Nevertheless, these highs, and especially the lows, were only worse for the players. Multiply your woes by 10,000,000, and your a third of the way to what the Caps felt on some occasions. But you know what? A little silverware could ease the pain, and finish off the season with a real bang. Speaking of finishing the season....
3. What if?
What if? What if we don't make the playoffs? A likely outcome, nevertheless, it would be quite the tragedy. Not exactlythe perfect constellation, but the Cacadia Cup could serve as a viable second place. And hey, we probably would have gone down to Los Angles, got smacked around by Gyasi "Chia Pet" Zardes, and came up with head in hands. This way, we took the fastrack to winning a trophy! Who ever said their wasn't a shortcut to greatness?
These themes mark the historic night the Caps just had. A night that marked not only silverware, but a trophy signifying the hard work the team and organization have put in this year.The Cascadia Cup could end up being a fitting send off to the season, or only the beginning.
So you see, valued reader, that's the real meaning of the Cascadia Cup.
You must feel damn stupid you missed out on it.