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Derby Day II: Sounders weigh in on Whitecaps

The Sounders and Whitecaps kick off at 7:30 tonight at Qwest Field. The game is sold out, but will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel (now in hi-def ... ahh).

In any case, there are few things more frustrating than having a game kick off while I've still got good-but-unused quotes in my pocket. So, here are some pregame thoughts from some Sounders that somehow never quite got in the paper or the blog until now:

ADRIAN HANAUEROn ticket demand for this one, as compared to Portland) (Vancouver supporters) took (the full 500 ticket allotment). I don't know ... whether they've got their whole 500 coming or not. It's sold out. I don't know if it sold out as fast as the Portland one. On security lessons learned vs. Portland) We learned and it will be roughly the same. So, hopefully we won't let our guard down. But we don't anticipate any problems. But it's always better to be prepared than sorry.

Sounders defender JEFF PARKEOn the Vancouver visit) It's a team in a hole. It's a desperate team, a team that needs points and a team that coming here to our place and knows that we have a good fan base and it's a rivalry. Not as much as Portland, but they're going to come here fired up, ready to play in front of our crowd and try to sneak points.

How would you describe them as a team?) A dangerous team, because you don’t know how they're going to come out. They got a new coach, they got a new maybe style of play. They're putting some veterans back in the lineup to see if they can lead the team to some points. It's a team that's struggling, but at anytime could snap something off. Those teams are dangerous because you can't really prepare for them and you can't really expect much or say what's going on.

Does Hassli having three red cards enter your mind at all?) You think about it. You don't want to bait him, but it's in the back of your mind: 'Should I do that? So I take one for the team or something?' It does suck just going in there and taking a whack and maybe being taken out of the game, but maybe taking him out as well. He's dangerous forward, and strong and good in the air. It's going to be a battle. It's going to be another Conor Casey, basically. He's a good player and he's getting most of the goals for them. Dangerous for sure.Any memories from your short time with the USL Whitecaps) Yeah, I was up there a bit. Got a concussion. Beautiful place. Good club, but I'm here and this is a game that I look at as another three points that we need. Them being here and being one of the rivalry games it's important that we get a win here and set the tone for the rest of the season.

They had just learned they'd be getting an MLS team around then, right?) Yeah, it was good. They were excited. The fan base is a bit different there, it's a bit more spread out. Here in Seattle you can tell that there's thousands of people behind you. There's a nice group, maybe 15-20K. For the most part they were getting themselves ready, getting a coach and everything, but now they have a new coach. It's difficult to say how they're going to prepare, but it's a big game for us.

Did Seattle ever come up?) No, I don't think so. I was only there for a couple months, I think in the beginning of the season they played each other down in Arizona or something like that. But other than that I wasn't around when Seattle was up there, but they always talked about it, like: 'Let's go get Seattle! Let's play against Seattle! We like to battle against them and Portland.'

KASEY KELLEROn this as a meaningful but secondary rivarly) Having played for so many London clubs, you always have the one team that you are the big rival against. With the others teams there's not a lot of love lost, but it's just not quite the same as that one team. I think that's kind of where we're at. Same thing in the west Rhineland area in Germany, where you got five to six Bundesliga teams in there. With Gladbach it was Cologne. That was the big, nasty one. Then you've got Leverkusen, Dortmund, Schalke in the area that are still part of that local thing, but it's not quite like the one. I think that's kind of where Vancvouer falls. I think for Vancouver it's probably the same. Toronto is their big, nasty game. In Spain, the Real Madrid-Barcelona game is far nastiest than Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid, but it's still there, but it's not quite the same as the big one. That's kind of where we're at right now. This is a big game for the supporters, but it just doesn't have the same venom attached to it that the Portland game has.

Is it just hard to hate Canadians?) My roommate from school was from Vancouver, yeah, there's just something there. But it's just not the rivalry. The U.S.-Canada game isn't the U.S.-Mexico game. I mean it's there and it's local and it's a rivalry, but it's not the same. That's just sports.

Any concern that this is their first big Cascadia game while you've played one already?) But they've already played Toronto, so they had their big, nasty game. It's kind of a little bit for both teams. It's big, and both teams want to make it happen, but it just doesn't have the same bite to it.