Reverting to the format used from 2012-17, all regular-season matches played amongst participants will count towards the Cascadia Cup standings in 2023. Each of the three teams will play six games, meaning they won’t have an equal number of home games against each opponent.
The supporters’ groups from the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps announced the format change on Tuesday. In 2018 and 2021, the Cascadia Cup teams also played six matches against each other, but only the last home game against each opponent counted towards the Cup standings in an effort to balance the home schedules. While expressing frustration with playing so many games against rivals, the supporters groups said simplicity was the reason for the change.
“Ultimately, the Cascadia Cup is by the supporters, for the supporters, and we realized this was the best decision for the 2023 season,” ECS co-president Tom Biro said in a statement. “While we can appreciate MLS needing to make different scheduling decisions due to expansion, it’s pretty obvious the league recognizes where to generate the most attention each season.”
The Sounders lead the all-time Cascadia Cup standings with seven titles, including five during the MLS era. The Timbers are the reigning Cascadia Cup winners.
April 8: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers
April 15: Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders
May 13: Portland Timbers v. Vancouver Whitecaps
May 20: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Seattle Sounders
June 3: Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers
July 8: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Seattle Sounders
Aug. 26: Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps
September 2: Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers
October 7: Seattle Sounders v. Vancouver Whitecaps