Inside the Timbers Army tifo: How Portland puts together their art

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

How does the Timbers Army construct their giant tifos? A video takes a look at how it all comes together.

The rivalry between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders is well documented. For more than 40 years, the two cities have seen their professional soccer teams clash and now that they are both in MLS, the stakes are higher than ever.

While the rivalry certainly exists on the field, it doesn't match the animosity between the two teams' fans. The hate is real and it reaches a fever pitch when the Timbers and Sounders meet. The passion, singing and tifo reaches new heights. Especially the tifo.

The Timbers Army and Emerald City Supporters take great pride in their tifo and put hours and hours of time into them. It's a passion project, and Portland documented what goes into putting together such magnificent displays.

Now the Timbers and Sounders are set to meet in the playoffs for the first time ever. They have limited time to get the tifo together, with Seattle not booking their place in the conference semifinals until Wednesday, but the two sets of fans -- especially Portland, who will have had more than a week to plan their display ahead of the second leg -- are sure to put on a show. Maybe their teams will too.

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