PORTLAND, Ore. – The Seattle Sounders faced a number of problems before the meeting with the Portland Timbers in the Cascadia Cup. After a 2-1 win at Providence Park on Friday night, the win was the perfect match for Brian Schmetzer and his team.
"This win was good for many different reasons," said the Sounders coach after the game. "Cascadia Cup, my mind, mind the coach, mind the player, mind of the fans. This was a great performance, a good performance, and that's the Seattle Sounders.
In addition to taking revenge on the Timbers after losing the US Open Cup and league games at home this season, it was the best match for the Cascadia Cup at Providence Park, whose Meaning was not lost in the Sounders. They defended the regional trophy successfully for the first time since the three Northwest Pacific clubs fought for the trophy in their USL days.
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"It's important to the fans, and I'm a fan," said Schmetzer. "The rivalry between the three clubs is big and is taken seriously by us and the fans."
And with a real team effort to win and retain the trophy, the men in Rave Green play a role in making sure that the whole team joined in a bit.
"We advised the coaches to come to us and brought all our helpers with us," said Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. "They're all there and they went out of their way to get this team working, we appreciate everything they do and we want to make sure they're involved."
The loss to Portland last month at Century Link Field was seen by many as a watershed for Seattle's bouts in August, but soon after an unlikely draw against the LA Galaxy, in which the team played most of the game against a man A street win over the other bitter rival could be just what the club needs to achieve a strong result as the Audi MLS Cup playoffs approach.
Meaningful result and hopefully a little bit of confidence, "said Frei. "Trust comes after the result and we just have to keep going and believe and stick together as a team, we're the only ones who can get us out of this hole."
And while it was a nice victory For the Sounders, coach Schmetzer is not ready to put him on the podium.
"We still need to win a couple more games before I call it a Signature Victory, but it definitely feels good now. "