Portland Timbers fans want their team to qualify for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, obviously.
That's neither a controversial or groundbreaking statement. The same, however, can't be said for the following:
A Whitecaps victory would push Portland's other Cascadia Cup rival a point ahead of the Timbers for the fifth and final playoff place in the Western Conference.
To help ease the pain — and perhaps the judgment of fellow Timbers fans — Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has encouraged and given everyone in the Rose City a free pass to root for the Sounders on Friday night.