Let me start by saying that I feel pretty dirty about it. It's not something I want to admit... but to explain, let me describe my target scenario(s):
Seattle wins the Supporter's Shield, beating out Portland.
The Sounders win the Open Cup, having beaten Portland in the semifinals.
Same with the MLS Cup, or even better Portland ends up on the "Eastern" side of the bracket, so we beat them in the final.
In the CCL, Seattle beats Santos in the semis while Portland falls to Monterey... and then we do what Portland couldn't, beating Monterey to win the CONCACAF title.
(feel free to replace Portland with Vancouver if desired.)
The point is, I want Cascadia to be the center of CONCACAF. Each year, I want the winner of Cascadia to be the MLS Champion. As much fun as it was to watch the Cal FC upset, and let's be honest that was pretty awesome, it's even better to beat your rival when the stakes are high. Beating your rival when your rival is a pathetic doormat has limited upside.
At the risk of making a handegg analogy and pissing off PAC-
1012 fans, I want Cascadia to be the SEC. It will be assumed that the MLS Champion (BCS champion) will come out of Cascadia (SEC), and the only question is which team, Seattle/Portland/Vancouver (Alabama/Auburn/Florida)?
So anyway, that's my vision. I'm sick of RSL and LA Galaxy and the Sporks. As much as it would suck for the Timbers to win the Open Cup this year, it builds the legacy of Cascadia ... and long term that legacy of overall success makes each Sounders victory even sweeter, and each piece of Sounders silverware even brighter. Clearly I wish the Sounders were still in the hunt for the Open Cup, but increasing Cascadia's legacy of success is preferable, to me, than seeing RSL or Chicago interfere with the narrative I've laid out.
[cue the excommunication]