Vancouver Whitecaps continue to lead in early stages of 2016 Cascadia Cup

The Vancouver Whitecaps hold a slim lead on points over nearby rivals the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in the Western Conference standings, but have a lot more cushion when it comes to this year's Cascadia Cup.

The second game of the season between clubs in the Pacific Northwest took place this past weekend, with the Whitecaps rallying to knock off the Timbers, 2-1, at BC Place on Saturday. The victory not only pushed Vancouver closer to the playoff picture in the West, but also gave them a 2-0 start in the race for the 2016 Cascadia Cup.

The Whitecaps previously defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, on March 19, and both Seattle and Portland have ground to make up. The Timbers will not have to wait very long for a chance to redeem themselves, however, as they play Carl Robinson's side again on May 22. Seattle have to wait until July 22 before their next Cascadia Cup bout, which will be against Portland.

The three teams will meet a total of nine times in the MLS regular season this year, with each club playing one another three times.

The updated 2016 Cascadia Cup standings can be found below as well as the full schedule and all-time winners:

Standings

Club GP PTS W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 6 2 0 0 4 2 2
Portland Timbers 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 -1
Seattle Sounders 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 -1

Schedule

Saturday, March 19 – Seattle 1, Vancouver 2
Saturday, May 7 – Vancouver 2, Portland 1
Sunday, May 22 – Portland vs. Vancouver
Sunday, July 17 – Portland vs. Seattle
Sunday, Aug. 21 – Seattle vs. Portland
Sunday, Aug. 28 – Portland vs. Seattle
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Seattle vs. Vancouver
Sunday, Oct. 2 – Vancouver vs. Seattle
Sunday, Oct. 23 – Vancouver vs. Portland

All-time winners

2015 – Seattle Sounders
2014 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2013 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2012 – Portland Timbers
2011 – Seattle Sounders
2010 – Portland Timbers
2009 – Portland Timbers
2008 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2007 – Seattle Sounders
2006 – Seattle Sounders
2005 – Vancouver Whitecaps
2004 – Vancouver Whitecaps