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Sounders weigh in as Timbers week begins

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm with 6 Comments »
May 9, 2011 10:49 pm

No question about the top storyline this week: the Northwest rivalry of Portland at Seattle on Saturday.

Here’s some early thoughts from the Sounders:

SIGI SCHMID
“It’s like a Yankees-Red Sox. It’s like a Lakers-Celtics, although that one’s from coast to coast so it has a little different genre to it. It’s sort of like the Giants and Dodgers a little bit in baseball. Based on proximity and everythingelse more like Yankees-Red Sox.

“You don’t want to get into the hype, but obviously it’s something that should be on the back of their minds now. They know it’s Portland week and that should get them excited. If I have to spend a long time.”

KASEY KELLER
“These games are always a little bit interesting. They’re a lot of fun to be a part of when you’re successful. They’re not a whole lot of fun to be a part of when you’re not successful. So ask me again Saturday about 10 o’clock how much fun we had.”

ROGER LEVESQUE
“Any kind of back-and-forth just shows the passion of both cities and both fan groups in how excited they are and how excited everyone is for the game coming up on Saturday.”

ADRIAN HANAUER
“Obviously, very exciting from a rivaly standpoint – energy around this big game coming up against Portland. That said, we’ve got to temper it against the fact that we’ve got three games, they’re worth three points each and we want to come out of here with as many points after those three home games as possible. It’s a big week and a big few weeks here at home.”

Meanwhile, the Timbers have announced that they’ll debut their alternate red jerseys Saturday.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. While I’m happy for King Roger to play any time, I’d love for him to supersub in about 63′ and smash a header in front of the TA. That’s my dream and I’m sticking to it. :)

    Seriously is it Saturday yet? I’m having trouble concentrating.

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Wow. Were Keller’s comments taken out if context? He doesn’t sound so good.
    Hey Kasey, I’ll do the quote thing for you:
    “If you can’t get up for a game like this, there’s something wrong with you. It’s our city, our fans, our rival. It’s going to be a great night for Soccer in the Northwest.”

  3. EverydayFan says:

    PS – I love Sigi’s comments!

  4. jimkingjr says:

    So, I’ve recruited a solid Seattle sports voice (and Husky) to help me keep the Timber (and Cougar) fan I’ve invited to the game under control. I’m hoping that the Timbers will help keep him under control, too, by continuing their streak of being winless on the road. Let’s see the Timbers coug’ it!

  5. Don Ruiz says:

    Nice way to throw both elbows at once, JK.

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