Here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say today about Portland and the Cascadia Cup match coming up tomorrow:
On the Timbers: They’re a hungry team. This is their season. This is their MLS Cup. This is their championship game, whatever you want to call it. This is a culmination point for them. They weren’t in a position to win the Cascadia Cup last year, they haven’t played a Cascadia Cup game on the road this year, and so they’re in good position to win it this year, and so this is their final.
On how the Sounders can match that: The rivalry helps bring that about. Sixty-seven thousand fans will help that along as well. And I think just the pride and ego that each player has within himself and what we feel as an organization and as a group. As a group we want to hold on to the Cascadia Cup, and we want to play good soccer. We want to make sure we’re ready for what comes beyond it, but on the same token not forget what we’re doing tomorrow.
On leading goal-scorer Kris Boyd out and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts probable due to injuries: They’ve played (Bright) Dike for the last five or six games anyway, and Boyd’s played very little. He only had one start, and he got injured. In goal, I don’t know what the status is on Ricketts. There’s a chance that Ricketts could come back. He’s upgraded to probable, I think, on their injury report. But (Joseph) Bendik now since our game and the injury has gotten two-three games under his belt, feels good about what he’s done, so they’re pretty confident in him as well.
On the Timbers’ 0-11-4 road record: We know they’re not as good on the road as they are at home. Whether that is because of the difference in field size – they have a smaller field at home – obviously they have tremendous support at home, that gives them a big boost. … Those are all plus signs for them at home. So we have to take advantage of the fact that they have not been a good road team and make sure it doesn’t change tomorrow.