BY Stanley Holmes 03:47PM 01/21/2011

Sounders to host preseason Cascadia matches

Portland and Vancouver join Seattle for series of preseason matches at Starfire March 4-6

Sounders FC begins the new rivalries with Portland and Vancouver with preseason matches March 4-6 at Starfire. (Drew McKenzie/Sportspress Northwest)

Let the Cascadia Cup clash begin.

The Seattle Sounders FC will host a preseason Cascadia Summit March 4-6 that includes their new rivals in MLS, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

The Summit also will feature forums involving the coaches and supporters groups from each club.

“With Portland and Vancouver joining Seattle in MLS, this marks the beginning of a new era for the game in this region,” said Seattle owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer. “Together, our clubs wish to bring together our teams and supporters for a time to celebrate our passion for the sport, the spirit of our supporters and the competitiveness of our clubs.”

The opening match at 7:3o March 4 will pit the Sounders against the Timbers.  On March 5, the Timbers and Whitecaps FC play at 5 p.m.

On March 6, the Sounders FC Academy U18 and Whitecaps FC Residency teams play at 12 p.m., followed by the Seattle and Vancouver senior teams at 3 p.m.

All matches will be played at the Starfire Sports Stadium. Tickets are $10 for each day and go on sale Feb. 1 at SoundersFC.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.  There is a two-day Sounders FC package for $18 good for both Seattle matches. No ticket is necessary for the supporters event/coaches forum.

Portland and Vancouver supporters each will be allotted 500 tickets in specific sections for their matches with Sounders FC. For the Whitecaps FC-Timbers match, each group will be allotted 1,300 seats, with 500 for Seattle fans. Seating is limited.

Cascadia Summit schedule:

Friday, March 4
7:00 p.m.          Summit opening
7:30 p.m.          Seattle Sounders FC v Portland Timbers

Saturday, March 5
1 p.m.                 Supporters summit and coaches forum
5 p.m.                Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sunday, March 6
Noon                  Sounders FC Academy U18 v Whitecaps FC Residency
3 p.m.                Seattle Sounders FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC


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