We're a couple days late getting to this, but it bares mentioning that the Portland Timbers coach John Spencer told MLS Soccer's Extra Time radio earlier this week that the oft-rumoured Cascadia pre-season tournament is a go for March.
And while the label 'Cascadia Rivalry Week' has been widely mocked and dismissed as amateurish, supporters are reacting positively to the idea of a week long round robin tournament held in Seattle at the Starfire Sports Complex.
No dates have been confirmed (although this is a pretty good indication) and the Vancouver Whitecaps have not offered any official comment yet, but Spencer sets a pretty high bar of expectations for MLS pre-season games.
What do you think? Will you be attending some of the Cascadia games? Would you like to see other regional MLS teams putting on such pre-season tournaments? Or should things grow more organically?We've all been around the game long enough to know that sometimes you play in meaningless preseason games where there's not a big crowd there. But we're going to play in this tournament against the Whitecaps, and obviously the Sounders, and it's probably going to be sold out at Starfire with 5,000 or 6,000 people there. I just think it adds a little bit of spice. There's nothing better than getting these preseason games and you add a little bit of fan fervor there and it lifts everybody's game.