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Without a doubt, one of the greatest things about the Portland-Seattle rivalry -- and probably its key component -- is the teams' proximity. 

Of course, that only makes a real difference if fans travel.

As close as Portland may be in a relative sense, three hours of one-way driving is hardly something most people want to do on a Wednesday. Unless you plan on making that six hours, with the final half coming relatively late at night, chances are you'll also be in need of a hotel. Especially in these times, I can't blame anyone for feeling like that's too big of a commitment.

But that's where having such an awesome network of supporters groups comes in handy. Gorilla FC has already announced that they'll be chartering a bus to the game ($40 with game-ticket included) and ECS is basically doing the same thing ($50 for members; $55 for non-members). Basically, either option allows you to go to the game without having to spend much more than you'd have spent to watch a regular-season home game and still not have to worry about driving or finding a bed for the night.

Also of note, the winner of this game will play the winner of L.A. Galaxy-AC St. Louis. If it's the Sounders, they'll host the game at Starfire on July 6 (St. Louis) or July 7 (LAG).