The MLS All-Star team will have a distinctly Seattle flavor this year, after five Sounders were selected to the roster – the most by any MLS team. Unfortunately for rival Timbers fans, that rave green-tinged roster will be setting up shop in Portland.
The All-Star team will play on August 6 against Bayern Munich in Portland’s Providence Park.
After Seattle beat the Timbers twice within five days (3-1 on July 9 and 2-0 on July 13), it will be interesting how the Sounders/All-Stars will be received next month.
“I have a lot of respect for the Portland fans, and I know the Portland fans are going to have respect for good players,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “Just like we in Seattle, if we had the All-Star game, we would respect (Diego) Valeri and Will Johnson because they’re good players. That’s hopefully the reception they’ll receive.”
DeAndre Yedlin, who is playing in his second straight All-Star game, said that there will still be some hostility from Portland fans after seeing the Timbers lose to Seattle twice in a row.
“I don’t think they’re probably too happy that we have five players on the team, but at the end of the day we’re representing the league so hopefully they’ll be excited for us,” he said. “But obviously there’s still going to be a little bit of hatred there.”
As for Sounders defender and fellow All-Star Chad Marshall, he kept his thoughts simple about Portland’s reception of him and his teammates:
“As long as we keep winning against them, I don’t care,” he laughed.