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These videos will get you in the mood for Cascadia Week

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Cramming two important games together does make for good storylines, at least.

UPDATE: The Sounders added yet another video to their “Heritage Week” collection, this one focusing more on the Timbers part of the rivalry.

In an ideal world, playing two Cascadia Cup games in the same week would be avoided. But this is not an ideal world and that’s the exact situation the Seattle Sounders found themselves in this week, visiting the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight and hosting the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

Annoying as that may be for anyone hoping to attend both games or even be able to be fully emotionally invested, it does make for tidy narrative building, as a pair of recently released videos illustrate.

This video was put out by the Sounders and does a great job of linking the two opponents in a historical context. It’s narrated by the first native-Seattleite to play for the NASL Sounders, Jimmy McAlister:

This video was produced by Copa90 and is a bit more broad, looking at both the Cascadia Cup and New York Derby. Copa90, which is based in the UK, does a good job of showing how these rivalries are showcase unique North American styles of support: