Timbers lose big, begin prep for Vancouver

The Cascadia Cup remains in reach for Portland with a solid result in two weeks
Oct. 7, 2012

SEATTLE - Portland's grasp on the Cascadia Cup loosened Sunday with a 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, but that only increased the drama for the series finale at Vancouver, B.C. Oct. 21.

Seattle's win gave it three points and a one-point lead in the annual fan-based competition between the three Northwest rivals from the NASL days.

Portland needs a win, which would be its first road victory of the season, to win the Cup.

The Timbers dropped to 7-16-9, 30 points with the loss.

Seattle, which was aided by an own goal from the Timbers, improved to 14-7-10, 52 points with the win before more than 66,000 fans.

Vancouver is 11-2-9, 42 points and holds the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. FC Dallas is at 38 pooints with two games remaining.

Following the Vancouver game, Portland finishes the season at home against San Jose, Oct. 27. The Earthquakes lead the West and are close to winning the Supporters Shield.