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Sigi Schmid wants Seattle to be ready for next clash with Portland

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Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid has reiterated the importance of his side keeping their focus as they look to repeat Wednesday night's cup heroics against the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

The Rave Green beat their nearest rivals 3-1 after extra-time in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup to advance to a semi-final tie with the Chicago Fire, but the two teams now meet in Major League Soccer this weekend.

While the Sounders may hold the advantage having also come from two goals down to clinch a 4-4 draw in the Rose City back in April, their opponents know only too well the risks of overconfidence after they lost at home to Sporting Kansas City just days after a stunning cup victory.

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Schmid wary 

Schmid is determined not to see his charges suffer the same fate.

"We don't want to do what Portland did when they played Kansas City twice, came back and lost the second one. We want to make sure we get the points in the league as well, but we have to concentrate and we have to be ready for a Portland team that's going to be very motivated," he said.

Seattle were made to work hard for their win at the Starfire Soccer Stadium, as Darlington Nagbe's 93rd-minute equaliser cancelled out Osvaldo Alonso's magical opener.

Though goals from Kenny Cooper and Marco Pappa sealed their progression, the unique circumstances of this Cascadia derby produced an extraordinary atmosphere.

Intense atmosphere

"It was a one-and-done game, and obviously the confines here at Starfire always makes the game a little bit more intense as well," added Schmid.

"Last year in the play-offs they got us... but we were able to get them this time."

The 61-year-old has won nine major honours in his managerial career - mainly with the LA Galaxy - and is on course to win the MLS Supporters' Shield in the Pacific Northwest this year.

Though the Sounders lost in their last league match - another derby against Vancouver Whitecaps FC - their German boss mentioned that he expects to have "more healthy bodies" back for the upcoming clash at CenturyLink Field, including United States captain Clint Dempsey.

Meanwhile, the Rave Green have been sensationally linked with World Cup winner and Barcelona ace Xavi Hernandez. 

The Spaniard has held talks with New York City FC, but reports in his home country are now throwing the names of the New York Red Bulls and Seattle into the ring.

City remain the favourites with the 34-year-old's former teammate David Villa on their roster, and any move to join Schmid and Dempsey is very unlikely as Xavi would require designated Player wages that aren't currently available in the Emerald City.

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