On the eve of the inaugural Cascadia Summit round robin between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid reminded fans that they have an opportunity to shape a rivalry unique in American soccer and called on them to support their sides responsibly.
"The opportunity between the three Northwest franchises is very unique and special because there’s a tremendous rivalry here and the interest and the intensity that that generates with the fans coming out is huge," he said after Sounders training at Starfire today. "But I think we also have the responsibility – all of the teams in the Northwest – to make sure the rivalry is on the field and is what it is. We don’t want to ever overstep those areas and turn the rivalry into something that is should not be and somewhere where we would be embarrassed to have show up. I think the emotion of the fans and the interest and the support of their teams is something that is tremendous and we have a chance in U.S. soccer history to do something that is very very unique and special and show that they’re going to be a very intense rivalry without any of the negative impacts."
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