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Brilliant photo essay of a sunny, brilliant MLS day in Portland

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, OR - SEPTEMBER 15: A member of the ‘Timbers Army’ celebrates after the Portland Timbers scored during the second half of the game the Seattle Sounders FC at Jeld-Wen Field on September 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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The color and significance of Saturday’s Cascadia Cup special in Portland was never in doubt. But it looks even more spectacular when illuminated by a brilliant September day in Oregon.

And thankfully, the camera lenses were working well, brilliantly capturing the men, women and passion on site at Jeld-Wen Field.

(MORE: the former gold standard in MLS rivalries keeps fading)

Courtesy of The Oregonian via Oregon Live, check out the photo essay of a sunny MLS day in Portland, where the Timbers salvaged a little sliver of pride and regard by keeping the fight alive for the Cascadia Cup with a 1-1 draw.

The collection of awesome pics is here.

(Oh ... and there’s even photographic proof that they actually let NBC’s Arlo White and Russ Thaler handle the Cascadia Cup! What were they thinking?)