Timbers Roundup: T-minus one day before the MLS era begins in Portland

Cascadia Cup fever spreading over the nation

Cooper Starfire

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With the Timbers set to begin their MLS era tomorrow night, the renewed Cascadia Cup rivalry is the talk of the town. Plus, everyone is excited to see what Kenny Cooper can do in his second MLS stint.

KOIN’s Toshio Suzuki conducts a three-man Cascadia Cup rivalry Q&A with Soccer By Ives’ Ives Galarcep, ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Seattle Times Sounders beat writer Josh Mayers.

The New York Times has caught on to the prowess of the Cascadia rivalries, calling it “the center of the MLS universe.”

A Timbers player is featured as part of SI.com’s Top 10 Breakout Players for 2011. Before clicking the link, can you guess who it is?

Ives Galarcep with FOX Soccer takes a close look at the Top 10 Newcomers to MLS in 2011. He profiles not one, but two Timbers players he thinks will make an impact.

Timbers forward Kenny Cooper speaks with Soccer By Ives about the excitement and anticipation of heading back to MLS and using his wealth of experience to help Portland in its inaugural season.

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Here’s a long Q&A profile piece with Rapids head coach Gary Smith, in which he discusses leaving defender Anthony Wallace unprotected in the MLS Expansion Draft. Wallace, as you may know, was taken by the Timbers, but then traded back to Colorado for allocation money.

Rapids and USMNT midfielder Jeff Larentowicz looks fit to play Saturday following a rough week. He sustained a fractured thumb, a hamstring pull, and a midweek car accident that left him in a neck brace.

For his feature on Timbers head coach John Spencer, Denver Post columnist John Meyer talks to Houston Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear and Colorado midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who will likely be in the Rapids lineup Saturday night to face his former teammate.