*Schmid on preseason so far: Didn't play well last night and Portland did. But preseason in continuing process. Have to work on scoring.
Spencer: (Uh oh. Where are subtitles when you need them?)
Thordarson: Opening statement is on Vancouver development program, started over a year ago.
SS: What you're always looking for in any player is a little bit of a special quality: What can he bring to the team that you don't have? Also always look for character and love and passion for game.
JS: Says Division II Timbers players had chance to step up and play with MLS Timbers. "It's up to them to fight for survival to stay with the squad."
SS: Says philosophy is to maintain possession, have wide players who are dangerous to stretch field, and also players who are "effective at the right moment," and who come "with their lunch pail every day."
TT: Says exciting that these three teams and cities get to revive their rivalries again. Coaches have feeling that these games are perceived as more important than the others.
JS: Talks about what it was like when Rangers played Celtic: "Fantastic."
(Train passing. Exactly no idea what else is being said.)
SS: Says players can tend to their nerves simply from the energy of the games. Says that can be tougher for coaches who have no such physical outlet. But says the rivalries will be good not only for the cities involved, but also as a showplace for fans around the country who will see how passionate and fun sports can be.
TT: Says he can't make difference between the Canadian rivalry with Toronto (and soon Montreal) or the Cascadia rivalry with Seattle and Portland. Although he acknowledges that some Vancouver fans might value Canadian bragging rights more highly.
SS: Schmid says that before this expansion, Seattle's rivals might have been Houston or LA, and something special will Columbus because of his history. But he admits those were "nothing like this."
JS: Notes that he has stressed to Portland fans that Timbers need to do more than beat Seattle and Vancouver to accomplish their goals.
TT: Admits difficulty in predicting team to beat in MLS this season. Cites LA as one candidate.
SS: Notes difficult start to MLS season with home game and then cross-country trip to New York just days later. Predicts Western Conference will be tougher than the East once again this season. Nothing absolute: Not good for everybody or bad for everybody.
TT: Says Whitecaps' draft picks are coming along very well.
SS: Former UCLA coach Sigi asked to discuss U.S. system of soccer development through schools rather than clubs. Says "one year of college never hurts anybody." But says now there's a second road through the acedemy system. "The key thing is playing a player at the highest level that he can play at. ... At the end of the day, games develop players."
Now coaches are going to take questions from the fans.
SS: Says playing in overseas leagues in winter makes for a long season for MLS players. "Eventually you're body is going to wear down." However he says sometimes short visits by youngers players is good experience in seeing where they need to grow.
SS: Names Steve Zakuani, Osvaldo Alonso and Brad Evans as players who could take another big step this season.
Supporters summit: It's a beautiful but cool day at Starfire Sports Stadium, and a crowd of a few dozen are in attendance.
Arlo White and representatives of Seattle and Portland supporters groups are seated up front (Vancouver's representatives apparently had trouble getting here) at a table with microphone. And right now they're taking questions from fans.
I'll list some of the interesting stuff as I hear it.
* Arlo White says there will be a notably longer postgame radio show following Sounders games this season.
* Adrian Hanauer said the current allotment of away tickets for Cascadia Cup games is a one-season experiments that will be reassessed -- up or down -- in later seasons. Hanauer says the ideal would be for the home sides to sell out with local season tickets and therefore have only a minimal number for away supporters. Portland supporters rep says encouraging away supporters to travel is a good goal for the rivalry.
Coaches segment concludes with plea that supporters treat this rivalry not only with passion but with respect. Best rivalries are between friends, Schmid reminds.
Saturday morning: Just a reminder that the Cascadia Summit continues today with a couple of free events and another game.
The non-ticketed events are a supporters summit at noon at Starfire Sports Stadium and a 1 p.m. coaches forum with Seattle's Sigi Schmid and his Portland and Vancouver counterparts.
Then, the Timbers and Whitecaps will play in a 4 p.m. match for which tickets remain available.
I'm attending the coaches' forum and will report back on that this afternoon.