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Portland joins Seattle and Vancouver in MLS in '11

The I-5 rivalries will return in 2011.

Just days after awarding a 2011 expansion franchise to Vancouver, MLS announced this morning that Portland will come in the same season.

The Nortwest cities beat out St. Louis and Ottawa.

"A city with such a storied soccer tradition deserves an MLS team, and we are proud to have Portland join the top level of professional soccer in our region," MLS commissioner Don Garber said. "Merritt Paulson and his family provide a vibrant and innovative ownership group that truly loves the world's game and we believe PGE Park will provide a world-class soccer environment for soccer fans."

And this now means that four consecutive MLS expansion franchises are all clustered from northern California to southern B.C.: San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland.

Could the Puget Sound soccer fan have imagined a better last 24 hours?