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Timbers derby gives timely jolt to tired Sounders

The Sounders completed local training at Starfire this morning before heading down to Portland and their 2 p.m. Sunday match at Providence Park.

Coach Sigi Schmid said midfielder Gonzalo Pineda's ankle makes him a gametime decision.

Otherwise, the main health issue is just physcial and mental fatigue from a run of five games in 15 days, which concludes tomorrow. "Obviously it wears on you: It’s hard work," Schmid said. "But we’re pros. Hard work is something that we’re used to. The guys have a strong mentality. Their mental fitness is strong. I know in this game they’ll definitely bring their sharpest abilities onto the field and they’ll be mentally very fit.

"Every time we play Portland, if you can’t get up for that game you can’t get up for anything. It always gets the guys motivated, and I know Portland will be motivated. It will be a good game."