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Wilkinson: “Extremely, extremely important game”

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm with 4 Comments »
September 13, 2012 5:49 pm

Portland interim coach/GM Gavin Wilkinson met with the Seattle-area media by conference call this afternoon, talking about the Timbers-Sounders’ Cascadia Cup match Saturday in Portland.

Portland can clinch the Cup with a win Saturday, and Wilkinson said a that may be his club’s top remaining goal in a season where their playoff chances have become remote.

Here’s his opening statement:

“It’s been a great week’s training. The Colorado result was something we got out of fairly quickly, and I think the players have worked extremely hard and have focused on Seattle. They know what’s at hand. They know the atmosphere is going to be incredible. They know the game itself is going to be an exciting one for the fans, and they know what is at stake for us.”

He was asked if he could think of a game he ever wanted to win more, and said no.

“It’s an important game,” he went on. “You look at the two organizations, and Seattle are a class organization with class people and doing well on the field. For us, there’s no doubt we have class fans, it’s a class organization and we need to repay them a little bit. For us the Cascadia Cup is very important, and this game itself is extremely, extremely important for the players, myself and everybody involved.”

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. jimkingjr says:

    It will really tarnish the Cascadia Cup if one of the worst teams in MLS can win it…

  2. NJP31679 says:

    Wilkinson wasn’t saying the Timbers “need to repay” the Sounders, he was saying they “need to repay” their own fans.

  3. Don Ruiz says:

    Good catch, N. That’s not the way I heard it during the interview, but that’s the way it reads.

  4. EverydayFan says:

    Screw them

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