MLS Commissioner Don Garber spoke to the media after the January 17 MLS Super Draft, and spent some time talking about the dispute involving the attempted trademark action of the term "Cascadia Cup". Suffice to say, Garber's comments didn't exactly sit well with many fans in the Pacific Northwest.
As Portland prepares to defend the Cascadia Cup in 2013 against Seattle and Vancouver, there is potential legal news that could affect the competition's future. MLS has taken legal action to try and protect the trademark, but the Cascadian supporters groups who created the Cup before the teams moved to MLS object to this action.
On Sunday, October 21, the Portland Timbers defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps with a lone unopposed goal from Jack Jewsbury, ensuring the Cascadia Cup's custodial transfer to Portland. Silly pictures follow...
Article by Nate Sulat
It's called the Doug Flag because of the Douglas fir on its front, and it's become an almost
mandatory feature of any Cascadia Cup match. Fans in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver all fly its
blue, white and green stripes as a symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
While the Seattle Sounder no longer need to worry about making the MLS Cup Playoffs, there is
still much to play for up in Vancouver. The Cascadia Cup is in doubt and that minuscule chance at
the Supporters Shield needs Seattle to win out. Fortunately Seattle is playing the rather weak
Vancouver Whitecaps on the final day of Empire Field.
The other team in the Cascadia Cup rivalry is often overlooked. The Vancouver Whitecaps fans are
just hard to hate. The Southsiders in their brief MLS history have conflicted with their
front-office over seemingly small things, like who gets to travel here this weekend. In the
USL/A-League era they, like Seattle, had a small but dedicated group.
Buried in an article by Marc Weber in the Vancouver Sun, concerning a dispute between The
Southsiders and Vancouver Whitecaps FC over away tickets, is an interesting note and comment from
Whitecaps CEO Paul Barber
Each club is required to provide a chaperone for each 50 travelling fans -a cost that,
Barber pointed out, is being absorbed by the club.
I'm still trying to catch up to all the goings on as I spent five days on the Oregon Coast
basically without internet cause the WiFi at the hotel sucked. Anyways, we've got a match tonight
and it's Friday so it's all good! And if it's Friday that means it's time for Major Link
It seems like we're on a bit of a hiatus. I'm super busy with work, a new baby girl (Arsenal
onesie is ordered!), and my duties as a board member of the Vancouver supporters group, the
Martin has limited time because of work, Darren is too depressed because of the sad state of his
other love, the Edmonton Oilers, a terrible Canadian hockey team, and JG recently announced his
intention of marrying Sr.