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Saturday comes: Sounders-Timbers at CenturyLink

portland_100The Obafemi Martins signings combines with Sounders-Timbers to make this quite a weekend for Sounders fans.

Here are some basics on today's game:

PORTLAND TIMBERS (0-1-1; 1 POINT) AT SOUNDERS FC (0-1-0; 0 POINTS)5:20 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders FC leads the MLS series 2-1-2, and 1-0-1 in Seattle. The teams went 1-1-1 last season, and Portland won the Cascadia Cup. NOTES: This is the first match in the 10th Cascadia Cup competition. Seattle, Portland and Vancouver each have won the cup three times. (Seattle didn’t participate in 2009 and 2010). … This match could mark the MLS debut of Sounders’ designated player Obafeni Martins, who signed Friday and was assigned jersey No. 9. … The Timbers are coached by Caleb Porter, who arrived from the University of Akron where he coached Sounders Steve Zakuani and DeAndre Yedlin. Portland also restocked its roster with designated player Diego Valeri, midfielder Will Johnson, forward Ryan Johnson, and defender Mikael Silvestre. … Portland forward Brent Richards and defender Dylan Tucker-Gangnes attended the University of Washington. … Sounders Brad Evans, Adam Johansson, Shalrie Joseph and Patrick Ianni are out with injury. Mauro Rosales and David Estrada will be game-time decisions. Timbers midfielder Sal Zizzo, forward Bright Dike and Richards are out; and defender David Horst is questionable. … Portland has scored four goals in two home games, but has allowed five. … The game is sold out. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTABLE: “They’re a much more possession-oriented team than they’ve been in the past, and maybe a little less dangerous on set pieces right now -- although Valeri hits a good dead ball. But they’re not quite as big as they were.” -- Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Timbers.NEXT: The Sounders visit San Jose at 7:30 p.m. March 23.