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Northwest coaches trade barbs

In the aftermath of 1-1 tie between Portland and Seattle Saturday in the MLS renewal of a decades-old Northwest rivalry, Timbers coach John Spencer has weighed in heavily.

He lashed out at comments from Sounders counterpart Sigi Schmid, who took issue with the weather, perceived rough play, and Portland's reliance on set plays to score goals after the 1-1 tie at a rain-sodden Qwest Field.


“I’m disappointed with their assessment of the game,” Spencer said Tuesday. “But then that’s their prerogative. I think if it is too wet up there for them to play soccer then they may want to move that franchise because it pisses down rain nearly every time I’ve been in Seattle. Obviously to say that the conditions suit us more than they suit them just blows me away. It seems to me they had 50 excuses before the game written down as to why they never beat us 3 or 4 nil at home.”

Spencer said a lot more, including his assessment that Portland dominated the game, and hinted rather strongly the first-year franchise has already superseded its 2009 expansion predecessor on the field.

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