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The Great Hipster Soccer Showdown

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Until recently, Seattleites had plenty of reasons to feel superior: A diet that includes mushrooms and berries foraged from pristine local forests, a commitment to fixed-gear bicycles, fair-trade coffee, facial hair and the best attendance of any city with a Major League Soccer team in the country by a landslide.

This season, Seattle Sounders fans aren't feeling quite so special anymore, thanks to a new MLS club with an eerily similar, comparably rabid and equally rain-impervious fan base that also hails from a progressive city in the Pacific Northwest.

The Portland Timbers are 4-3-1 in their inaugural MLS season, tied with the Sounders in the Western Conference standings. And though their newly renovated stadium can't quite hold 20,000 fans (the Sounders drew a ...

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