Video: Sounders Prepare For 67,000 Fans

SEATTLE — Some coaches would like their players to treat every game as if it was the same.

But when it comes to games like Sunday’s against the Portland Timbers — 67,000 fans on hand to see what is arguably the most passionate rivalry in North American soccer — Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid would just as well embrace the moment.

“I think the massive crowd for me is a wonderful opportunity,” Schmid said. “It’s something you have to get excited about. It has to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. You get there and hopefully the players can take that emotion and don’t turn it into overexcitement or pressure on themselves.

“There are certain guys, you remind of, the younger guys, but I think we have enough guys who have been in front of big crowds and big games and for them it’s something they look forward to.”