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Plenty on line in Portland-Seattle clash

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) When Portland and Seattle meet Saturday in the first matchup between the Cascadia rivals this season, there will be no lack of intensity or acrimony.

No one would expect anything less when the Timbers and Sounders meet, especially now with both being able to claim championships on their MLS resumes.

"(The rivalry games), I think, do set the tone for the rest of the season in a lot of ways," Portland coach Caleb Porter said. "Obviously it's not the only time we'll play them, but because it's bigger than 3 points, in terms of magnitude - the supporters and how they feel about it, and the players and how they feel about it - you want to get that result even more so. It's the best medicine, when you haven't won, to get 3 points."

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