Seattle Sounders buzzing about Portland Timbers rivalry
The two clubs will meet for the first time in MLS this weekend and there is a big crowd expected at Qwest Field to see the sophomore's take on the freshmen.
Sounders assistant Brian Schmetzer says there is a good feeling kicking around the place at the moment and hopes the match lives up to its billing.
"I think it's peaking. I think the amount of energy and enthusiasm that the Portland fans have brought to an already existing rivalry, to a team that has done it first - meaning our fans, our crowd, our record, our Open Cup, our victories - it adds to it," he said.
"It gives us something to make sure we're not complacent and we're continuing to try and push up and onward because there are guys nipping at our heels.
"As a guy that was born and raised in Seattle, I have been around soccer in this city and the Northwest for a very long time," he added.
"It gives me chills to know that all the hard work and sacrifice that we've done in this area to promote soccer and to have this come now to fruition, to have a packed house, enthusiastic fans, quality soccer players, is just fantastic for a guy that was born and raised in Seattle.
"It's going to be fantastic."