Here's our preview from The News Tribune, and below, some basics:
PORTLAND TIMBERS (2-2-3, 9 POINTS) AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (3-2-1, 10 POINTS)
6:30 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field
TV: FS1. RADIO: 97.3 FM
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-2-4 overall and 3-0-2 at home. The Sounders took the 2014 series, 2-0-1. The clubs will meet again June 28 at Portland and Aug. 30 in Seattle.
NOTES: This is Seattle’s first match of the 2015 Cascadia Cup competition. Defending champion Vancouver opened its defense with a 2-1 win at Portland on March 28. … The Sounders are 2-1 at home, while the Timbers are 1-1-1 on the road. … Both teams are 2-1 over their last three matches, and each won last time out. … Statistical leaders for Seattle are Obafemi Martins with four goals and Clint Dempsey with three assists, For Portland, 6-foot-4 forward Fanendo Adi has three goals, and Darlington Nagbe has two assists. … The Timbers are tied for the MLS high with nine players recording either a goal or assist. … Portland leads the league in dribbles completed and is fifth in chances created. Nagbe is second in individual chances created. … The Sounders are without central defender Chad Marshall (disciplinary suspension) and midfielder Cristian Roldan (international duty). … Portland midfielder Will Johnson (leg) is out, while midfielder Diego Valeri (anterior cruciate ligament) is questionable for duty off the bench. … Sounders FC reported an “extremely limited” number of tickets remained Saturday, and a sellout is expected. … The referee is Alan Kelly.
QUOTE: “The games that we’ve played against Portland have been exciting games. I think both teams try to go out and win the game, and try to impose their style on the other team. I think it’s always a fun one for the fans to watch.” – Dempsey.
NEXT: The Sounders play the first of three straight away games at 4 p.m. Sunday (May 3) at New York City FC.