The Cascadia Cup logo, designed by James Bullen
Vancouver (6 titles)
Vancouver (3 titles each)
The Cascadia Cup is the name of the trophy created in 2004 by supporters of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps, which is awarded each season to the best soccer team in the Pacific Northwest named after Cascadia region. The Timbers, Sounders, and Whitecaps have roots dating to the days of the original North American Soccer League. It was first contested in 2004, and was claimed by the Whitecaps. In 2011 the competition continued with the now Major League Soccer (MLS) sides Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
In 2004, fan-based organizations supporting the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps sponsored the creation of a 2-foot-tall silver cup to be awarded annually to the club that finishes with the best record in the season series between the three rivals. From 2004 to 2006, the Cascadia Cup competition included all scheduled regular season A-League and later USL-1 matches played between the Sounders, Timbers, and Whitecaps.
In 2007, the Virginia Beach Mariners folded just before the season started, leaving the USL 1st Division to scramble to fix the season schedule. The result was an unbalanced schedule, and as such it was decided to adjust the Cascadia Cup format for that season. Fans of all three Cascadian teams agreed to make only the last home and last away matches between constituent clubs count toward the Cup.
In 2008 the clubs reverted to playing each other an equal three times each. The Cascadia Cup competition once again included all scheduled regular season USL-1 matches played between the three rivals.
The Seattle Sounders of the USL-1 were made defunct in 2009 due to the introduction of the MLS expansion franchise of the same name. In 2009, it was announced that expansion teams would be allotted to Vancouver and Portland. Both teams were named after their predecessors, ensuring the continuation of the rivalry. Supporters of the Timbers and Whitecaps decided to continue the Cascadia Cup without the Sounders for two years while playing in the USL. In 2009, supporters of the Timbers and Whitecaps only included regular season USL-1 matches played between the teams and Portland won the cup for the first time. Some Sounders supporters wished to include a preseason victory over Vancouver and a US Open Cup match win at Portland for consideration in the cup standings while others believed that the Cascadia Cup competition should be suspended until 2011. Portland won the Cup for a second consecutive year in 2010.
The 2011 MLS season marked the first season since 2008 in which all three teams would be in the same league. Seattle claimed their third title by going undefeated in Cascadia Cup play – coming from behind to win both of their road games in Portland and Vancouver while earning draws at home.
For the 2012 MLS season the league changed to an unbalanced schedule. As a result, each team will play the other two Cascadia club three times each. Portland had four games at home while Vancouver and Seattle had three and two, respectively. It was decided by the supporters groups to count all matches equally. Portland won the cup in Vancouver on October 21, 2012, with their only away win of their 2012 season. It was the Timbers' third time hoisting the cup, and the first with the Sounders in the competition.
In December 2012, MLS filed a trademark claim for rights to the name "Cascadia Cup". This caused an immediate reaction from the three main supporters groups that had created the original competition and prompted them to form a legal entity called the Cascadia Cup Council, whose sole purpose was to obtain and retain the legal rights to the name "Cascadia Cup". Releases by MLS indicate that their trademark plan was an altruistic attempt to protect the Cascadia Cup from abuse by third parties, a claim that was disputed by the contest-organizing fan groups. Those same groups later had discussions with MLS leadership in an attempt to resolve the issue, and in July 2013 both MLS and the supporters groups announced an agreement that the Council would own the trademark and no monetization would occur without the agreement of all parties.
The winner each year is decided by these criteria, in order:
- Greater number of points in all Cascadia Cup matches.
- Greater number of points earned in matches between teams tied on points.
- Greater goal difference in matches between teams tied on points.
- Greater number of goals scored in matches between teams tied on points.
- Reapply previous three criteria if two or more teams are still tied.
- Greater goal difference in all Cascadia Cup matches.
- Greater number of goals scored in all Cascadia Cup matches.
- Smaller number of disciplinary points in all Cascadia Cup matches (yellow = 1 point, red = 2 points).
|Team||Total wins||MLS era|
Year by year results
USL/MLS split (Seattle ineligible)
Major League Soccer
|Seattle Sounders FC||8||4||2||0||2||9||6||+3|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||1||4||0||3||1||4||8||−4|
|Seattle Sounders FC||9||6||2||1||3||9||5||+4|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||3||6||0||3||3||4||8||−4|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||9||6||2||1||3||13||9||+4|
|Seattle Sounders FC||7||6||2||3||1||6||10||−4|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||10||6||3||2||1||8||11||−3|
|Seattle Sounders FC||8||6||2||2||2||12||10||+2|
|Seattle Sounders FC||12||6||4||2||0||9||8||+1|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||8||6||2||2||2||6||7||−1|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||9||6||3||3||0||11||10||+1|
|Seattle Sounders FC||9||6||3||3||0||10||11||-1|
|Seattle Sounders FC||9||6||2||1||3||8||5||+3|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||4||6||1||4||1||6||11||-5|
In January 2018, the 2018 Major League Soccer season schedule was released. While the Whitecaps will have two games each against their opponents, the Sounders-Timbers series has three matches. As a result, the Cascadia Cup Council determined that the first game played between the Sounders and Timbers, which was on May 13 and was also the first game between any of the three teams, would not count towards the standings of the Cascadia Cup. The remaining six games will all count towards the Cup, including two in each of the three series (Sounders-Timbers, Sounders-Whitecaps, and Timbers-Whitecaps).
On September 15, 2018, the Sounders defeated the Whitecaps 2–1, giving them nine points. With both the Timbers and Whitecaps having one game left to play, against each other on October 28, 2018, but with each having three points, and therefore no way to make up the difference, the Sounders clinched the Cascadia Cup for 2018.
|Seattle Sounders FC||9||4||3||1||0||7||4||+3|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||3||3||1||2||0||3||5||-2|
|May 13, 2018 X||Timbers||1–0||Sounders||Portland|
|1:00 PM PDT||Report||Stadium: Providence Park
Referee: Robert Sibiga
|June 30, 2018 1||Sounders||2–3||Timbers||Seattle|
|1:30 PM PDT||Report||Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Ismail Elfath
|July 21, 2018 2||Sounders||2–0||Whitecaps||Seattle|
|1:00 PM PDT||Report||Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Chris Penso
|August 11, 2018 3||Timbers||1–2||Whitecaps||Portland|
|8:00 PM PDT||Report||Stadium: Providence Park
Referee: Jair Marrufo
|August 26, 2018 4||Timbers||0–1||Sounders||Portland|
|6:30 PM PDT||Chará 22'
Cascante 76' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Providence Park
Referee: Chris Penso
|September 15, 2018 5||Whitecaps||1–2||Sounders||Vancouver|
|7:00 PM PDT||Kamera 45+4', 90+6'
|Report||Ruidíaz 21', 42'
|Stadium: BC Place
Referee: Robert Sibiga
|October 28, 2018 6||Whitecaps||v||Timbers||Vancouver|
|7:00 PM PDT||Preview||Stadium: BC Place
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