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May 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Friendly faces in unfriendly places

le toux fucito.jpgThe Cascadia rivalry has a bit of a different feel this season.

For the first time in the MLS era, there are former Sounders playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps (Sebastien Le Toux, pictured left) and the Portland Timbers (Mike Fucito, right).

Seattle players and coaches were asked this week if those existing relationships affect the dynamic of the rivalry in anticipation of Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Le Toux and the Whitecaps at BC Place:

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“We don’t like those guys now. (laughs) Obviously Sebastien was somebody we liked in 2009, and now we don’t like him as much. Fucito was one of our favorite guys, but now he’s a Portland guy. Invariably that’s going to happen sometimes. It probably won’t happen as often where you see players going from our team to Portland or Portland to our team, and so forth, as maybe you’d see it with some other teams. Although, when you look at the trades that the Galaxy and Chivas have made, it seems like every year there are one or two, so you never know what’s going to happen.”Sigi Schmid, head coach.

“It’s going to be different no matter what. Every single year is a new history, you know? What happened last year doesn’t matter for this one, but it’s going to be good. You have a good friend there, but it doesn’t change anything. You just want to beat them and score goals and win, no matter what.”Fredy Montero, forward.

“It’s actually really cool that we were teammates and now we’re rivals. It’s going to be a fight to the death, just like every game is, and we’re just go in there hoping to win.”Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, defender (via interpreter).

“I think that’s the backbone of the game — trades, different players playing for different clubs who are recognized. Sebastien Le Toux is very popular here. … I think it’s special, but there won’t be any friendship once the game starts. I do think it adds that little bit to the excitement of the game when an ex-player, a popular player here is playing against us who can score goals. From his point of view, he’d like nothing better than to score the game-winning goal against the Sounders.”Alan Hinton, broadcast analyst and former coach of the Sounders and Whitecaps in the old NASL.

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