PORTLAND -- The Portland Timbers season is less than two weeks old and already they are playing one of their biggest games of the season in a road trip to Seattle for a showdown with the Sounders.
The Timbers have plenty of fan support for their first road game of the season. The timbers army organized a big trip up north with hardcore fans gathering Saturday morning at the Coliseum for the start of game day.
At least a dozen buses filled up with the Timbers faithful and each bus was sponsored by a brewery.
“It’s a rolling party. There’s a keg in the back. Everyone shares food. Some buses have games. Some of them have bingo. Some have trivia. It's just a big rolling festival all the way up and pretty much a nap time on the way back. If we come back with three points this time, I think there will be a lot of wide awake eyes,” said Timbers army member Brent Diskin.
The Timbers joined the MLS just two years ago; however, the rivalry with Seattle goes back four decades.
The rivalry is big for the teams and the hardcore fans, and when soccer fans hear the match-up of Timbers vs. Sounders, it gets the blood pumping.
The Timbers Army holds the Cascadia Cup, a symbol of superiority in the Northwest, which was created nearly a decade ago by supporters of the Timbers, Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.
It’s one of the most intense soccer rivalries in the United States, which prompted The Oregonian's Geoffrey C. Arnold to write a book that just came out called “Cascadia Clash: Sounders versus Timbers.”
The Timbers ruled the 2012 match-ups on the field, and the cup now resides at the Fanladen, the headquarters of the Timbers Army 107ist located near Jeld-Wen field.
The Timbers Army has 3,000 members and is still growing.
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KGW sports anchor Joe Becker contributed to this report.