The MLS' Pacific Northwest teams and their supporters spent the weekend renewing their old NASL rivalries.SEATTLE - The Seattle Sounders FC hosted the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps and their supporters in the inaugural Cascadia Summit this weekend at their training facilities in the suburbs of Seattle.
The idea germinated during a meeting of the three sides in October of 2010. With Portland and Vancouver entering MLS in 2011, the suggestion to reconnect the former NASL teams and supporters through a series of pre-season matches and a Supporters Summit was born.
The Saturday session also included a Q&A with leaders from Seattle and Portland supporter groups and head coaches Teitur Thordarson from Vanvoucer, the Timbers’ John Spencer and Sigi Schmid representing Sounders FC.
The teams were all NASL members in the '70s and '80s. The Pacific Northwest derbies were among the most intense in the history of the league. Each side managed to keep their old NASL names intact as they entered MLS.
In this exclusive Goal.com video, Gary Smith, the Sounders FC Senior Vice-President of Business Operations, provided additional background on the Cascadia Summit. In addition, you’ll hear from a couple of Portland Timbers supporters who attended the event, and their views on MLS’ newest three-way rivalry.
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