Rodney Wallace (far right) and Eric Brunner looking fierce in the teams Rose City Red kits, which will debut on Saturday at Seattle.

The Timbers' spring line has finally arrived.

Portland will debut its "Rose City Red" kits this Saturday, when the suddenly hot Timbers renew their Cascadia Cup rivalry with their most bitter of enemies, the Seattle Sounders (8 p.m. on ESPN2).

There's no love lost between these two teams and their fans, and Portland's recent success at home coupled with its hype-exceeding fan base has made this match between clubs tied for fourth out West an even bigger affair.

In Seattle, they're calling it "Portland Week," while around here, it's more like "Shittle Week."

Having struggled so far on the road (the Timbers are 0-3-1 away from the House of Pane), Portland's hoping fresh threads will bring about a change in result despite having their own fans few-and-far-between within the 50,000 expected to pack Qwest Field. I like the timing of the jersey debut (as a nod to the importance of the rivalry) and I love the design itself: It may be the detail work or my general distaste for green sports jerseys (dam right, I'm a Beaver), but the jersey designers really make it work. Plus, two teams wearing green jerseys on the same field in the same match at the same time (even if one is "Rave green") would be a bit much, even for a region whose natural hues are certainly enviable.

And speaking of lots of green, the MLS Players Union released salary info for all teams and players over the weekend, giving fans the rather awkward knowledge of how deep each Timber's bankroll is. Click past the jump to see which Portlander has the ability to make it rain.

Why is Troy Perkins (left) smiling? Besides hoisting a round for his clean sheet against Philly, the 29-year-old keeper is the teams highest-paid player.
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  • Why is Troy Perkins (left) smiling? Besides hoisting a round for his clean-sheet against Philly, the 29-year-old keeper is also the team's highest-paid player.

So, which Timber is most likely to pick up a check?

Well, if you guessed the team's biggest offseason additions heading into the its inaugural MLS season, you'd be correct.

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins is the top-earner on Portland, with a cool $280,000 in salary this season. He's right in front of forward Kenny Cooper, who takes home $267,000.

Also above the six-figure mark is the Timbers' first-ever SuperDraft pick Darlington Nagbe ($201,000), Capt. Jack Jewsbury ($158,166.67), Designated Player Diego Chará ($143,758), Kevin Goldthwaite ($126,666.67), Rodney Wallace ($139,000) and Jorge Perlaza ($100,000). The best value for the money? I'll go with Kalif Alhassan, whose $69,250 in salary is a paltry price to pay for his contributions so far this season.

Rookies round out the bottom of the payroll, so if you see any of these guys at the bar, feel free to buy them a pint (or offer them some side-work?): Indeed, Chris Taylor ($32,604), Spencer Thompson ($32,600), Rodrigo Lopez ($32,604) and Freddie Braun ($32,600) will play soccer for food.

For a bit of perspective, check out the Portland Trail Blazers' salaries. On second thought, go ahead and let Brandon Roy buy the rooks a drink.