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Schmid: Sounders-Timbers MLS’ deepest rivalry

Once again it is Rivalry Week in Major League Soccer. And earlier this week, the San Jose Earthquakes laid out their case that the Quake’s California Clasico with the Los Angeles Galaxy is the best in the league.

For my money, I just don’t think there’s any doubt that the Sounders-Timbers is the best rivalry in the league. And with another Sounders-Timbers match coming up at CenturyLink Field at 2:01 p.m. PT Sunday -- and with more than 63,000 in-stadium fans expected and an ESPN audience looking on -- we asked Seattle coach Sigi Schmid what he thinks. And remember that Schmid is uniquely qualified on this, as he has coached in both rivalries -- first as coach of the Galaxy, now as coach of the Sounders.

“I think the rivalry between Portland and Seattle is just the deepest one because it transcends soccer, transcends even the old days of the North American Soccer League,” Schmid sadi. : I don’t think the Aztecs and the old Earthquakes had a really intense rivalry, per se – I was around in those days as well. It’s also the cities. There’s maybe more of a rivalry between San Francisco and LA than there is between San Jose and LA. But I think the city rivalry between the cities of Portland and Seattle runs pretty deep, and I think that just adds to it, because it’s more than just sports-related, it’s culturally related as well. And I think that makes it the deepest rivalry in the league. Maybe Canada can argue for Montreal-Toronto being somewhat as strong.”