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Visiting Soccer City, USA

The Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders: Taking the temperature of MLS' fiercest rivalry

Updated: July 13, 2011, 5:27 PM ET
By Chris Ryan

I was on my way to the game, standing on line in a convenience store, waiting to be rung up. The man on line in front of me was delivering a monologue, somewhat directed at the cashier but really to anyone within earshot, about reproductive rights and health education in various Third World countries. In New York, this guy would have been told to go reproduce with himself and get out of line. What happened here? As the man finished his speech the cashier nodded thoughtfully and said, "Man, ...

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