Without a midweek game, the Timbers have been gearing up for Sunday’s clash with rival Seattle for a few extra days. But it didn’t take long for the Sounders to get in Portland mode following Wednesday’s 1-1 tie against Sporting Kansas City.
“I’m excited, if my name is called, to represent Seattle and go (to Portland) and show them who owns the Northwest,” said goalkeeper Andrew Weber.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN, as seen by the promo posted above.
It will also mark the first time ex-Sounder Mike Fucito — the first player in the MLS era to play for both rivals — will face his former team. He talked about it in this story, which might have caught the eye of Sigi Schmid.
“I’ve read some Fucito quotes,” the coach said. “He’s on the other side now, so all of the sudden they’re the good side. It all depends which side of the fence you’re standing on. I know they’re going to be ready for the game. We’re ready for the game. I don’t think you can up the ante on this game. I think it’s there right away.”
Another former Sounder, Erik Friberg, gave his prediction on Twitter. Let’s get to some links:
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— Sounders transfer news is heating up. According to German magazine Kicker (as relayed by Goal.com), FC Kaiserslautern captain Christian Tiffert is in Seattle to hear the Sounders offer. The 30-year-old has played at a high level in Germany and Austria for a long time, so it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
— The Sounders Women lost a big W-League showdown, 2-0, to Western Conference leaders Pali Blues on Wednesday.
— D.C. United coach Ben Olsen will manage the MLS All-Stars in the July 25 exhibition against Chelsea. He replaces Peter Nowak, who was fired by Philadelphia recently, and will be assistant by interim Union coach John Hackworth and the D.C. technical staff.
— Apparently Italian champion Juventus won’t be making a North American tour after all.
— Sad news up in Montreal, where Impact forward/midfielder Miguel Montano (a former Sounder) was allegedly discriminated against by a metro ticket distributor for not speaking French. He has filed a complaint.
— Lastly, a big friendly has been scheduled. USA. Mexico. August 15. Azteca Stadium.