The most memorable moment from the resumption of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry Saturday may have come just before kickoff, the Emerald City Supporters unfurled banners depicting Sounders through the years: Jimmy Gabriel, Preston Burpo, Fredy Montero, Marcus Hahnemann, Brian Schmetzer and finally Roger Levesque under other banners reading “Decades of Dominance.”
"That was unbelievably cool,” said Schmetzer, former head coach of the USL Sounders and current assistant coach. “It was unbelievably touching. It was unbelievably emotional. It was just unbelievable that the fans went to that much work and that much creativity to show us exactly how they feel. Unbelievable. And it was a fantastic moment. I'll never forget it. "I'm privileged to be associated with Jimmy Gabriel, and certainly Roger (laughs). … It was awesome, unbelievable, great, fantastic, emotional, happy, touching. It was a lot of different things. I'd like to buy every single one of the Emerald City Supporters a beer. Everyone that worked on that, I'll make it up to them at some point in my life."
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid also was impressed.
"I thought it was great," he said today. "I thought Roger’s thing looked a little bit like the Joker when they pulled it up. ... I thought it was good. Our fans are the No. 1 fans in the league. They can say whatever they want down in Portland. We have the No. 1 fans in the league. And we’re disappointed we couldn’t reward them with a win, but it just makes the next game all the more sweeter."
And from Levesque on Saturday night: "I'm definitely honored to be in that group of players who was honored as part of the rivalry between the Timbers and Sounders dating back to the NASL days. I thought there were a lot of good players up there. It was pretty amazing to be a part of that."