MLS's hottest rivalry begins Saturday when Seattle hosts Portland, and fans of both teams are already trading insults.
Portland fans "think they're punk-rock, underground, hard-core superstars," said Jeff James of Seattle's Emerald City Supporters. "They think they're like, hipsters." Added another Sounders fan Sean Geiger, "They are very envious of us -- they have a little-sister complex."
Timbers fans accuse their Seattle counterparts of being faux fans. "They're sellouts, man. They're like, 'Maybe I'll just wear this scarf and drink a lot of beer and go to this stupid soccer game," said Maggie McCombs, a 24-year-old Portland waitress.
But fans of the two teams may share more things than they realize. Both love beer from microbreweries and a taste for unusual foods, from barbecued-tofu sandwiches in Portland to veggie dogs in Seattle. And the only thing that often distinguishes Seattle and Portland fans with their many piercings, tattoos and mohawks is the color of their clothing.