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Seattle, Portland open 2013 Cascadia rivalry

Updated: March 15, 2013, 1:48 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- When Major League Soccer decided the third week of the regular season was going to feature matchups of the league's best rivalries, they made sure Seattle facing Portland was the centerpiece.

It might seem a little early in the schedule, but the heated competition in Cascadia is already set to begin on Saturday night when the Sounders host the Timbers.

"This is a great challenge early in the season for us," Seattle's Eddie Johnson said. "We couldn't ask for a better challenge."

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