Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

April 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Brian Schmetzer: Players switching sides further ‘spices up’ Sounders-Timbers rivalry

Sounders FC assistant coach Brian Schmetzer has a personal history longer than most as it relates to the Portland Timbers.

When head coach of the USL Sounders, Schmetzer saw two players switch allegiances in the rivalry: Andrew Gregor and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar. I asked him after Thursday’s practice how such changes affect a rivalry, particularly as we’ve recently seen three players with ties in the rivalry join the other side – Kenny Cooper in Seattle and Steve Zakuani and Andrew Weber in Portland.

“Well, Andrew went from us to them, so I don’t know what Andrew was thinking there,” Schmetzer quipped.

“We love Zakuani, so it’ll be tough to see if Zach Scott ever gets a hold of him or kicks him. That would be tough for me to watch, but Zakuani’s a tough kid, he’ll probably make do. But yeah … it just spices up the rivalry. When Hugo Cuellar came here, it was good, because he was the last piece of that puzzle in ’07 when we won (the USL championship). He was very influential for us to win that year. He had a little bit of a falling out with the coach down there, so that was good for me, but I’m sure that the Portland guys didn’t like that — with the player being disgruntled and going to Seattle. I think that just spices everything up.”

It is not as though the rivalry needs more fuel. Schmetzer noted that the screensaver on his computer is of Caleb Porter celebrating a goal against the Sounders in November’s playoff series.

Not bad motivation, it seems.

| More in Sounders FC

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►