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Vancouver bolts ahead of Portland for MLS team

Seattle Sounders' first Northwest rival will be Vancouver, not Portland, unless something dramatic happens to alter the current course of both cities' hopes for MLS expansion.

The Globe and Mail reports current indications that before this month is out, Vancouver will be awarded an MLS expanstion team -- to be called the Whitecaps -- that will begin play in 2011.

Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports that negotiations over stadium funding in Portland have broken down -- or at least are wobbling -- over the issue of potential cost overruns.