PORTLAND -- The Portland Timbers get a glimpse into a big-league rivalry to come tonight when the Seattle Sounders, playing their second MLS season, visit PGE Park for a third-round U.S. Open Cup match.
The Timbers currently play in the United Soccer League First Division, a pro league considered one step below MLS.
They were awarded an MLS franchise last year, as was Vancouver, setting up a three-way Pacific Northwest rivalry with the Sounders to start in 2011.
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