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Video: NBC’s Arlo White previews tomorrow’s massive Portland-Seattle clash


The highest level of the professional game here is catching up fast with the rest of the soccer world in this regard:

On supporters’ wish lists, league and national achievement (such as MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup, etc.) are only slightly ahead of bragging rights in the brilliantly bitter regional rivalries.

May we present tomorrow’s Portland-Seattle contest as the perfect “for instance.”

The 2012 season has been a house of misery for the Portland Timbers. But even in a season long ago gone sideways, the club and its supporters have a chance to build one happy little wing onto the estate. It happens tomorrow as the rival Seattle Sounders march into Jeld-Wen Field.

I’ll let NBC lead soccer voice Arlo White take over from here as he talks about Portland’s ability to clinch the Cascadia Cup.

White: “It would add something of a silver lining to what has been a terrible season so far for the Portland Timbers. They are not going to the playoffs, they sacked their coach halfway through the season. So to get one over on the Seattle Sounders, to win the Cascadia Cup and to lift it in front of the Timbers Army, that would be enormous to them this season.”

Here is White’s preview of Saturday’s contest (3:30 p.m. on NBC). At stake is that Cascadia Cup, the trophy awarded to the annual top club in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Seattle or the Vancouver Whitecaps: