While Whitecaps fans were recovering from Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to the LA Galaxy our Cascadia rivals were facing off in Seattle for the latest Cascadia Cup tie. There are plenty of subplots to this story, but it may be interesting to note that the 67,000+ crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle made this game the third most attended soccer match in the world this past weekend. Yes, you read that correctly; the crowd at the Cascadia Cup match was the third-biggest crowd anywhere in the world this weekend. Attendance, of course, was boosted by the fact that the Sounders' record signing, Clint Dempsey, would be playing in his home debut. It was a tight and often bad-tempered affair that was marked by a couple of spectacular saves by the Sounders' Michael Gspurning and a lone goal scored by striker Eddie Johnson.
Seattle's win moved them in front of the Vancouver Whitecaps for the overall lead in the 2013 Cascadia Cup competition. After four matches played, the standings are as follows:
Seattle Sounders FC - 7 pts
Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 5 pts
Portland Timbers FC - 3 pts
There are still 3 matches remaining to decide the winner of the competition. The remaining matches are as follows:
October 6/13: Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers
October 9/13: Seattle Sounders vs. Whitecaps FC
October 13/13: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
To read Sounder at Heart's match report click here.
To read Stumptown Footy's match report click here.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 1 - 0 PORTLAND TIMBERS HIGHLIGHTS:
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