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Sounders, Timbers battle of words now includes Timber Joey

The rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers is so intense it has become an issue with mascots. Specifically Portland mascot Timber Joey.

Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer was trash-talking this week, and took a swing at the man who famously saws off hunks of wood with his chainsaw after each Timbers’ goal in Portland.

“We don’t even know if he’s a real lumberman or whether he’s just a guy,” Schmetzer said.

On Wednesday, Timbers coach Caleb Porter clarified Timber Joey’s experience.

“He is a legitimate lumberman, he has worked in the woods, and to quote him he has ‘cut, milled and built things’ out of wood,” Porter said.