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February 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Notes, pictures and video from Tuesday’s preseason game from Jose Romero

estrada0205.jpgPhoto credit: Courtesy of Jose M. Romero

As you might have been able to tell from our story of Tuesday’s game, former Seattle Times reporter Jose Romero was on the scene in Tucson to cover the Sounders-Timbers action.

Our good friend was nice enough to pass along some extra material from the day, including pictures (like the one of David Estrada above), video of coach Sigi Schmid’s postgame interview and the following notes:

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Here’s some thoughts on today:

-The auto accident on Interstate 10 north of Tucson forced a 35-minute delay to the start of the match. The Sounders got caught in the traffic, as did I, except I was able to somehow make my way via back roads to the stadium to make it in time for the scheduled 10:30 a.m. MT kickoff. I was there about 40 minutes early, it turned out.

-Halftime lasted five minutes or so. The match was back on quickly.

-Lamar Neagle was feeling pretty sick along with several teammates and didn’t play. I went to shake his hand but we did an elbow bump instead per his suggestion. A class guy.

-Zach Scott almost headed a goal in during the first half. The Sounders had a few chances but the Timbers had more.

-Rookie first-round pick Eriq Zavaleta did not play. Would have been nice to see him at center back because Shavar Thomas and Leo Lelis, while big and imposing, struggled at times in the second half.

-Think this isn’t a rivalry even in preseason? Think again. The Timbers Army stood out and was loud and insulting at times to the Sounders. Not as many Seattle supporters were there, but the entire grandstand of bleachers was full. The Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe said “it’s always nice to win against your rivals.” Sigi Schmid seemed to dismiss the Timbers’ win, saying the following: “There was a lot of Portland fans that were all excited today because they picked up a 1-0 win in preseason. But I look at it as a situation of who we played and what we came through today and at the end of the game we were down 1-0 and we were banging on the door to try and make it 1-1. So I’m pleased with our character, I’m pleased with our attitude and with our approach and how we played against a Portland team…they were still playing from within their top 14 and so for us to play them on an equal basis I was pleased.”

-Schmid indicated that the Sounders might change up their preseason routine in the years ahead after two separate trips to Tucson this preseason, and annual trips to remote Casa Grande, Ariz., might not be part of those plans. That’s what I took away from the following: “Every year we always go back and we evaluate and decide. Bringing the team to new locations is important, too. Going back to the same old place sometimes becomes a little monotonous and a little bit of drudgery, so we’ve got to look at it at the end of it.”

-Jhon Kennedy Hurtado said his role will continue this year with more experience and more time played under his belt. He admitted it’s different without Jeff Parke or Fredy Montero but that one must move on and mesh with his current teammates. “The most important thing is how we play. It’s no mystery the kind of quality they can put on the field,” he said.

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Shavar Thomas #54 chases the ball.

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Action shot with Estrada and Rosales.

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