Sounders Insider

Timbers coach respectful of "epic series" for MLS

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter spoke for about 18 minutes in a conference call in advance of his team's Western semifinal series that begins Saturday in Seattle.

Among the highlights:

* He said he respects the epic series for MLS but will try to have his team take it as just another game and series.

* He expects goals could be rare, as they were during the regular season when the Sounders and Timbers combined for four goals over three games, each going 1-1-1.

* He acknowleded Seattle's playoff experience, but don't think his team will be at a disadvantage just because this is thier first visit into the MLS postseason.

More later.