Echoes of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry continued to reverberate Wednesday, four days after the clubs played to a 1-1 draw at Qwest Field.
Just after the game, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the wet weather was in Portland’s favor because the Timbers play a direct style and that a league-high 67 percent of their goals (eight of 12) have come from set pieces.
On Tuesday, Portland coach John Spencer responded with a variety of comments including, “If it’s too wet up there for them to play soccer then they may want to move that franchise because it (rains) nearly every time I’ve been to Seattle. … It seems to me they had 50 excuses before the game written down as to why they never beat us three or four nil.”
He later added: “The next time we go up there we’ll take plenty of towels for them so we can dry off the field before the game; maybe take plenty of tissue paper so they can dry their eyes after the game.”
On Wednesday, it was Schmid’s turn. Among his comments:
• “He likes to stir the pot. That’s just his nature. I’ve always known that to be his nature. But from our standpoint, we’re just looking at the facts. They’re a team that is very good at set pieces; they do try and get set pieces. I don’t know why he’s trying to apologize for that. When I was at Columbus and we had Chad Marshall, we played to set pieces and we won a lot of games by our ability to score set pieces. I never apologized for it; so I think he should be proud that his team is good at that facet of the game.”
• “They try to impose their style on us, we try to impose our style on them. I thought they did a better job, probably, in terms of imposing their style on us.”
• “Yes, it rains in Seattle. It also rains in Portland. But it was a situation where the rain was a little more conducive to what they do.”
• “I don’t think he should be talking about our players. Either that or they should stop calling about our players. That’s one thing, because they had interest in quite a few guys at one point.”
• “I’m going to send him a dozen roses – because they are the Rose City. I can’t promise the petals will be on the roses, but we’ll send him a dozen roses.”
• “It obviously shows something, too, that on Tuesday the most important thing that they’re still talking about is the Sounders game.”
• “At the end of the day, I am eagerly looking forward to our return game in Portland.”
The Sounders visit Portland on July 10.
CONCACAF held its draw for the 2011 Champions League on Wednesday. The Sounders were paired with San Francisco FC of Panama in a preliminary-round match.
The winner of that home-and-away, aggregate-score series will move into Group D, joining defending champion CF Monterrey of Mexico, CD Comunicaciones of Guatemala and the winner of the preliminary round match between CF Herediano of Costa Rica and an undetermined Caribbean club.
Seattle’s first leg will be played around July 26-28 in Panama, the second Aug. 2-4 at Qwest Field. Dates and ticket information will be announced soon.
The Sounders’ home game against Philadelphia, scheduled for July 23, could be moved so the Union can host a friendly against Real Madrid. Seattle GM Adrian Hanauer said the decision is up to the MLS. … Midfielder Mauro Rosales (hamstring) took part in full practice Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, and is expected to play Saturday when Kansas City visits.