The Seattle Sounders are welcoming their rivalries -- the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps -- to the MLS in style this weekend with a preseason mini-tournament at Starfire Athletic Complex. The tournment, called the Cascadia Summit, will feature round-robin play between the three teams, set to begin on Friday night as the Sounders and Timbers do battle in the most-anticipated of the three matches.
Here's the schedule for the Summit, beginning with Friday evening's kickoff. The event runs through Sunday, with one match per day.
Friday, March 4
7:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC v Portland Timbers
Saturday, March 5
4:00 p.m. Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sunday, March 6
3:00 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC
For those unable to make it to Starfire, the matches will be streamed live on the Sounders' website. All three matches will be streamed on the websites of the three teams involved, with rival broadcasters splitting the play-by-play duties. One team's broadcasters will take the first 45 minutes and, following a halftime switch, the other team's will take the last 45.
Sounder At Heart has been ramping up coverage ahead of the Cascadia Summit, looking at a variety of different angles. Dave Clark spoke with Mike Fucito about the preseason event, along with a variety of other topics. The Timbers Army, Portland's supporters' group, put out a call to their members in an effort to keep everyone at the matches in line. The event is, after all, a supporters summit, with a chance for the groups to cheer on their teams and the rivalry.
How about making a best XI for all of Cascadia? Which players are the best when combining the Timbers, Sounders and Whitecaps? Clark took a shot at that, as well, and came up with his opinions, allowing the public to critique and form their own.
It all gets underway at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night as the Timbers and Sounders kick it off in Tukwila. For the latest from the event, stay tuned to our StoryStream. For more on the Sounders and the Cascadia Summit, check out SB Nation's Sounder At Heart.