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Sounders v. Timbers – and our wager with Portland’s mayor

This Saturday, May 14, Seattle Sounders FC will host the Portland Timbers at Qwest Field. It will be the first MLS head-to-head match for these teams, whose rivalry dates back to the 1970s.

Mayor Mike McGinn is confident that the Sounders will emerge victorious from tomorrow’s match and when the two teams tangle again in Portland on July 10. And we’re willing to put that confidence to the test. Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ staff is too.

Mayor McGinn and Mayor Adams have agreed to the following bet: After both matches, the losing Mayor’s staff will wear winning teams scarves for an entire day.

Here’s how we’ll determine who wins and who loses:

• Two regular season home and away games only
• Winner is decided by total points (not goals): 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss.
• If the points are tied after both games, the tiebreaker is goal differential. For example: if the both team win at home, each will have the same number of points (3). However, if the first game is 2-0 Sounders and the second game 1-0 Timbers, Sounders would win base on the goal differential (Sounders 2 goals scored and 1 goal given up vs. Timbers 1 goal scored and 2 given up).
• If the goal differential is the same after both games, the tiebreaker is to the team with the most away goals. For example, if the first game ends in a 1-1 tie and the second game a 2-2 tie, both teams would each have 2 points (1 point for each tie) and the same goal differential (3 goals scored, 3 goals given up), however, Sounders would win because we scored two on Portland’s ground.
• And if it’s still somehow tied, we’ll defer to the end of the season to see who is higher in the Western conference standings.

I’ll be at the game tomorrow to cheer on the Sounders. Scarves up!

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Posted by: Robert Cruickshank