The Portland Timbers have not claimed the Northwest’s premier regional soccer trophy since 2017.
Since then, the annual round-robin competition between the Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps has been claimed by the Sounders each year (the Cup was not contested in 2020 due to lack of fans in attendance).
On Saturday, the Southern-most Cascadia club took a massive step toward reclaiming it.
A first-half header by Jaroslaw Niezgoda gave the Timbers an unlikely lead in Seattle last Saturday afternoon before Santiago Moreno’s penalty and Dairon Asprilla’s breakaway goal sealed the deal in the second half.
Portland now have six points from their two away legs of the Cup. A 3-2 win in Vancouver on April 9th also included goals from Niezgoda and Asprilla, who are now joint-top scorers in the competition alongside Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz, who bagged a brace against the Whitecaps earlier this season.
Seattle sit in second with three points, while Vancouver are yet to earn a point.
Moreover, the Timbers have both remaining Cascadia matches at home. They host Vancouver this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Seattle on August 26th at 7 p.m.
A win against Vancouver plus a win or draw against Seattle could see the Timbers mathematically wrap up the Cup before the Sounders visit BC Place in September.
Visit thecascadiacup.com to view the full table and tiebreakers (head-to-head results, then head-to-head goal difference).
Portland have the fewest Cascadia Cup claims (four) since its inception in 2004. Vancouver have won it six times, while the current holders have seven times.