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May 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

John Spencer blasts Sounders FC excuses in Portland press

Portland Timbers Logo.jpgA handful of interesting reports have come out of Portland today, presumably from the Timbers training session earlier. Here are the ones I’ve seen: OregonLive.com, MLSsoccer.com and Timbers Insider.

Check out this sampling of quotes from coach John Spencer:

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“I was disappointed with their assessment of the game. I guess that’s their prerogative. I think if it’s too wet up there for them to play soccer, they may want to move that franchise because it pisses down rain nearly every time I’ve been in Seattle. Obviously, to say the conditions suit us more than it suits them, it blows me away.” [MLSsoccer.com]

“Next time we go up there we’re going to take plenty of towels for them so we can dry the field off before the game,” Spencer continued. “And maybe we’ll take plenty of tissue paper so they can dry their eyes after the game.” [Timbers Insider]

“I thought we dominated the game and it was probably the most quietest I’ve been on the sideline since the start of the season because never once did I feel we were in any trouble of losing the game at all,” he said. [OregonLive.com]

“It was like they had 50 excuses written down before the game about why they didn’t beat us three- or four-nil at home,” Spencer said. “Of the four players [Schmid] mentioned, three of them wouldn’t have made the [starting] team anyway.” [MLSsoccer.com]

“I don’t know where it came from, their assessment that we play long ball,” said Spencer. “Most of our breakaways were up to Cooper and Perlaza, laid back Chara, wide, attacking them, and I thought we controlled most of the play.” [Timbers Insider]

“We’ve always said from day 1 that they arrived in Portland, ‘don’t make excuses,'” Spencer said. “‘If you’re out there and you’re on the field and wearing a Portland Timbers jersey we expect you to play well and win the game. Different teams maybe have different philosophies, I don’t know.” [OregonLive.com]

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