All Time Records:
Portland: 18-13 Seattle: 17-14
Portland (9-1) is coming into this game with consistency and momentum that has built all season long. An impressive 9-1 regular season record (which ties the 2014 DC Current for second best all-time) gives Portland the largest momentum that any west coast team has had entering the playoffs in league history. All season it has been clear that the most complete roster in the entire MLU has been in Portland. Part of this advantage is due to Portland being the only MLU city in the West that does not compete with an AUDL team. Last year we saw the Dogfish lose huge chunks of their roster, this year it was Seattle and Vancouver.
All Time Series: Portland leads 5-4
On the other side of the disc, Seattle (5-5) has made it to the playoffs relying on their star players and incredible highlight reel plays. Most of this is attributed to the trio of Mark Burton, Khalif El-Salaam, and Daniel Trytiak. All three have been instrumental to the success of the Seattle franchise over the years. Every year Burton has established himself as on of the top players in the west, wherever he goes he has been successful. His right hand man, El-Salaam has only been in the league for two years but has proven to be a future star. This is all being said with him already dominating play on the field. Trytiak is one of two players (Ben Beehner being the other) that has been on the team since its inception. His leadership has been exactly what a young team has needed.
Offensive Edge: Portland, slightly
Defensive Edge: Portland, by a landslide
'Special Teams' Edge: Portland
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And the Winner is??
This game is going to be closer than probably most people are expecting. Seattle is actually a really good team, the only problem Portland is an incredible team. Last year John Phillips compared the DC Current to the '85 Bears in being one of the best ultimate teams ever! Already the next year Portland may surpass them. As far as I see it there are way too many obstacles Seattle has to overcome in order to topple the Stags. A heart breaking loss to the Nighthawks in this game last year will be motivation enough for this team to be prepared to make it to PPL Park. In the previous two years, the team with the best defense in the league has gone on to win the championship. This year Portland is that team.