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Jun 28, 2023; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Thorns FC midfielder Sam Coffey (17) kicks the ball past OL Reign defender Ryanne Brown (22) during the first half at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The Cascadia rivalry between Seattle and Portland has the longest standing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and some of the most passionate fans.

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The two teams will meet for the 38th time in all competitions this weekend, with legacies on the line.

The match will be Reign and United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) legend Megan Rapinoe’s final regular season game against Portland, and possibly her last at Providence Park.

“From a significance point of a friend, I’m incredibly proud and happy for Pinoe to have this type of sendoff, and I hope we really f—k it up this weekend,” said friend and rival Meghan Klingenberg.

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“We just hope that she goes down there and she gets the stick that she deserves for being Rapinoe and playing for Seattle, but also the love and respect that she deserves for being who she is,” said teammate Jess Fishlock. 

It doesn't take much to get Cascadia fans excited about this rivalry, but the storylines this time go far beyond just who wins or loses.

Meanwhile...

The San Diego Wave are once again in pole position to take the NWSL Shield, rising to the top of the table with their win over Houston last weekend.

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The Wave spent a number of weeks at No. 1 in 2022 but faded down the stretch to finish their first season in third.

The playoff race also shows no signs of slowing down, as No. 5 Gotham takes on No. 6 Washington on Saturday.

Only four points separate first and sixth place, with little margin for error.

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