The Sounders have finished training at Empire Field today, preparing for their 7:30 p.m. Saturday game with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
With a win, they'll come home with the Cascadia Cup.
"You want to do well obviously against your rivals," coach Sigi Schmid said. "And you want to do well. When I was in Columbus we had the Trillium Cup, which was a series of games we contested with Toronto. We won that every year, and it was really important to our fans. We saw our fans in the hotel drinking out of the cup and everything else. It made you feel good that you were able to win it for your fans. I think it's the same thing here: It's something we want to do for our fans."
Meanwhile, with little else to play for, the Whitecaps also hope to at least claim the Cascadia Cup for their fans.
"For sure," said club president Bob Lenarduzzi, a former Tacoma Star. "It doesn’t have the significance probably for the rest of the league as it does in the Northwest and with our supporters. But it does with our supporters. … I think being able to claim something, it’s got to be motivating for us because it’s been a very difficult first year."