Last night I was told the the rivalry with the "other" Cascadia team can feel a bit forced at times. This ignores that it was the Supporter Groups who took it from I-5 rivalry to Cascadia Cup, but still despite better on field competition there is no hate for the Vancouver Whitecaps like there is for Portland Timbers FC. But does it take just hate for it to be a rivalry?
Out of 18 home games, the people of Seattle are willing to pay the 4th most to see the British Colombia team play against the Rave Green. It surprises no one that the only three higher are the friendly against Manchester United, the game against the Timbers and the star studded Los Angeles Galaxy game. In a league in its teens, and a toddler of a team at the MLS level this 30 year border war still generates more interest than facing the reigning MLS Cup Champions of either 2011 or 2010. Even the DP powered New York Red Bulls don't have the average ticket price of a game against the White and Blue.
Like all Sounders games you can find pricing history and ticket availability from common secondary markets through our tickets link. Saturday is a game that people want to be at, as badly as almost any this year. So while some part of the rivalry may feel forced due to a lack of hate, it is one of the few must see games of the 2011 season.