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March 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Schmid hopes for good, clean support at Cascadia Summit

schmid mug.jpgThe Cascadia Summit starts tomorrow. The Timbers Army and Vancouver Southsiders might already be in town — or at least on their way down — to support their teams in the three-day, three-way round robin this week at the Starfire Sports Complex.

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked to reporters today about his expectations from the fans at this unique event.

“The opportunity between the three Northwest franchises is very unique and special,” he said. “It’s special because there’s a tremendous rivalry here and the interest and the intensity that that generates with the fans coming out is huge. But I think we also have the responsibility – all of us teams in the Northwest – to make sure the rivalry is on the field and is what it is. We don’t want to ever overstep those areas and turn the rivalry into something that is should not be or something that we’d be embarrassed to have show up. I think the emotion of the fans and the interest and the support of their teams is something that is tremendous and we have a chance in U.S. soccer history to do really something that is very, very unique and very special and show that they’re going to be a very intense rivalry without any of the negative impacts.”

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