Sounders vs. Timbers

The two teams new to Major League Soccer this season being from the Northwest, they immediately had archenemy status bestowed on them. Sounders fans don't seem to have worked up much enmity for the Vancouver Whitecaps, though—what's to hate about Canada? The serious fan animosity is reserved for the Portland Timbers, who seem ridiculously arrogant considering their erratic season so far, losing on the road and winning only at home at their new Jar-Jar Binks Field (actually Jeld-Wen Field, which still sounds like a Star Wars character). For example, Portland followed an April 23 humiliation at Los Angeles, who scored twice in the first nine minutes, by handing powerhouse Salt Lake City its first loss of the season (its first regular-season loss since last September, in fact) a week later. The Sounders have played Portland in preseason and U.S Open Cup matches, but tonight is our first MLS meeting, when we shall sow their fields with salt and hear the lamentations of their women and children ring in our ears. The game is sold out, but you can still march down First Avenue and watch it from your favorite bar. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., May 14, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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