Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC meet tonight ( 7, NBC Sports) in a match with heavy implications for both the Cascadia Cup and Major League Soccer. Fortunately, there’s no conflict for either side, as winning helps both causes. Winning, in fact, settles the 2014 Cascadia Cup – for either team. For the Sounders, a win or a draw returns the trophy to Seattle. For the Whitecaps, a win keeps it in Vancouver. Both teams also are in tight league races. Seattle is tied with Los Angeles for the Supporters Shield and for top seed in the Western Conference. Vancouver trails Portland by two points for the West’s final playoff spot. – Don Ruiz, Tacoma News Tribune
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