10 Reasons Why Seattle VS Portland Is The Greatest Modern Rivalry In Sports

Let the games begin.

1. GOAL SCORERS

Will Johnson (Timbers)

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Mauro Rosales (Sounders)

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Darlington Nagbe (Timbers)

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Eddie Johnson (Sounders)

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2. FANS

The Timbers Army

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Centered in section 107, the Army has grown steadily over the years to encompass much of the north end of the stadium.

Emerald City Supporters

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There are actually seven recognized supporters groups for Sounders FC. The ECS, currently the largest supporter group, are located in the south end of the stadium in sections 121–123. There march to the match before every home game is absolutely epic.

3. STADIUMS

CenturyLink Field

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On August 25th, 67,000 screaming fans will fill the seats at CenturyLink Field.

Jeld-Wen Field

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This old-school, soccer specific stadium was built in 1926 and holds 22,000 on game day.

4. MASCOTS

Timber Joey

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5. CITIES

Seattle

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Coffee, the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, Macklemore, Microsoft.

Portland

Micro Brews, The Willamette River, Food Carts, The Shins, Nike.

6. KEEPERS

Donovan Ricketts (Timbers)

A two-time MLS All-Star, Ricketts splits his time with the Jamaican National Team.

Michael Gspurning (Sounders)

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7. TIFO*

Sounders

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Timbers

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*As defined in Europe, Tifo is an Italian word referring to visual displays of passionate support for a team. Learn more about the Tifo here and check out this ultimate Tifo throwdown.

8. COACHES

Caleb Porter (Timbers)

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A former MLS player himself,and one of the youngest coaches in the league, Porter has brought a new level of energy and excitement to Portland since he took over last year.

Sigi Schmid (Sounders)

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One of the greatest MLS coach of all time, Schmid has an extremely long resume including Coach of the Year Awards in 1999 and 2008 and two MLS Cups.

9. EXTRACURRICULARS

Scuba Diving

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Roger Levesque was a leader on the pitch for the Sounders from 2009 to 2012 when he abruptly retired and headed to graduate school. Levesque’s name is written several times in the Seattle Vs. Portland History books.

Gymnastics

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Bright Dike (Timbers)

10. Oh yeah, and this guy’s playing.

Fulham’s all-time leading goalscorer in the EPL and One of the greatest American’s to ever play abroad, Clint Dempsey has returned to the MLS to play in Seattle while at the pinnacle of his career.

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