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Sounders about to hear wild fans from other side

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 30, 2009 at 8:16 am with No Comments »
March 30, 2009 8:16 am

Two games, two wins. Or more accurately, two home games, two wins.


The Sounders get their first taste of life on someone else’s pitch this week when they cross three time zones and an international border to meet Toronto FC.


And Toronto isn’t just any road game. If Puget Sound fans have any rival in MLS for sheer gameday enthusiasm, it’s Toronto. And maybe especially this week, which is their home opener.


And if last week’s conference call with MLS commissioner Don Garber was any indication, Toronto media is very aware that Toronto’s status as the MLS city with the most enthusiastic fans has been threatened. So, a double-wild atmosphere should be expected.


"I’m looking forward to it; I’m excited by it,” coach Sigi Schmid said after the Sounders’ win Saturday night over Salt Lake. “Now, it’s a matter of how we’re going to do. Obviously there’s tremendous home support. We’ve talked about (Qwest Field) becoming a fortress for us. Obviously we’re the only team—I think—in the league right now that’s played two games at home. We’re the only team that’s undefeated at home after two games. That’s something I’m really proud of. It’s a tribute to the fans and the support. Now we’re going to go into probably the next most difficult place to play: Toronto. So we have to be prepared. We have to be sharp. Obviously, it’ll be a team that did well with their two games on the road, and then wants to establish themselves at home. They were a very good home team last year. I feel good about it. I feel excited about it."

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