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Sounders-Timbers rivalry today, 2 hours south

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 26, 2008 at 8:46 am with No Comments »
April 26, 2008 8:46 am

One of the few downsides to Seattle’s promotion into MLS is the at least temporary loss of its Northwest rivalries with Vancouver, and — especially — Portland.


I say “at least temporary” because both Vancouver and Portland have MLS hopes, so the Interstate-5 rivlarly and a higher-level Cascadia Cup may resurrect one day.


In any case, today kicks off the final season of the Sounders-Timbers’ USL rivalry, as the teams meet at PGE Park.


The teams meet again May 10 in Seattle, the Sounders’ home opener and their only game this season at Qwest Field.


Here’s the preview from the Sounders:


SOUNDERS TO FACE TIMBERS IN PORTLAND

The Sounders (0-0-1) travel this Saturday to Portland to take on their arch-rivals, the Timbers, at PGE Park at 7 p.m. A fixture that’s never short on excitement, the Sounders will be looking for their first win of the season in the first of two visits to the Rose City.


Playing just their second match of the 2008 campaign, the Sounders are coming off a 1-1 draw against the Charleston Battery where a second half equalizer in stoppage time from Kenji Treschuk, saved a point for the visiting Sounders.


FIRST GAME OF THE CASCADIA CUP

Playing just their second match of the 2008 campaign, the Sounders are coming off a 1-1 draw against the Charleston Battery where a second half equalizer in stoppage time from Kenji Treschuk, saved a point for the visiting Sounders.


“Obviously, stealing a point away from home, in the first game of the year, when we weren?t in top shape, was great. In 2006 we missed the playoffs by one point, so getting a point in Charleston was very important”, said Coach Schmetzer.


Seattle won three of its four meetings with Portland last year, but the Timbers still finished only three points behind Seattle in the final table.


“I expect a hard, physical game, it always is when we play Portland”, said Schmetzer. “They probably feel like they should have been in the final with us last year.”


Portland is the second of three away games for the Sounders before the season opener at Qwest Field on May 10th. The Timbers won their first game of the season 1-0 over Puerto Rico with a late goal from Chris Brown.


GAME NOTES

Portland plays their second game of the season tonight against the Minnesota Thunder at PGE Park.

Scratched from the starting line-up late last Saturday with a hip pointer injury, Leighton O?Brien will be recovered for the Portland trip.

Goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named to the USL first division team of the week for saving nine shots including a penalty in Charleston.

The Timbers will travel to Seattle in two weeks for the Sounders home opener at Qwest Field.

Saturday’s game will be just the second time that Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, the Timbers all time assists leader, returns to play Portland.

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