Originally written on Total MLS  |  Last updated 8/25/13
​Portland and Seattle matches are always a big deal, but this Sunday there’s more than just crucial Cascadia Cup and MLS points at stake. There’s the chance to embarrass Clint Dempsey as he is introduced to the sold-out Seattle crowd. I can’t think of a better way to punk the Sounders. ​ ​Midfield is key in this matchup and Portland could be sorely lacking in depth. Most importantly, the Timbers will be missing Diego Chara due to yellow card accumulation. Chara is a vital cog in keeping the midfield moving. He wins balls and moves from box-to-box to open up space for Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe, and Alvas Powell. Will Johnson will likely also miss the match as he continues to sit out of practice.   Adding on, both Ben Zemanski and Jack Jewsbury are tossups. Zemanski picked up a knock on Wednesday and has played quite a bit since last week. Jewsbury on the other hand has been working towards coming back after missing the last three games. I question his fitness t...
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