The Cascadia Cup resumes Sunday with the Whitecaps traveling south to Providence Park.
Not only have the previous three league meetings between these two sides ended in draws, but the first two Cascadia Cup matches of 2014 — a 4-4 barnburner between Portland and Seattle in April and a 2-2 deadlock between the Whitecaps and Sounders last week — also finished on level terms.
Both teams are also in good form, especially Portland. The Timbers are currently enjoying a six-match unbeaten run, which includes wins in each of their last two games. The stretch of good results has catapulted Caleb Porter's side to within one point of a playoff position, after a rough start to the season that had observers league-wide wondering what had happened to the dominant team from the Rose City.
The club that currently holds that final Western Conference playoff spot? None other than the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have struggled to find victories of late despite continuing to pick up points over the past several weeks.
The 'Caps bounced back from a heartbreaking exit from the Canadian Championship in the middle of the month by earning that thrilling draw with Seattle last week, and they'll look to do one better on Sunday by getting a rare win in Oregon.