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Throwin' Shade: Pregame Trash Talk for Orlando City Opponent Seattle Sounders FC

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When two of the loudest fan bases in MLS meet on national television this weekend, there are sure to be fireworks. What do you need to know about the people opposite the Lions?

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This weekend the purple-clad lads of Orlando City invade CenturyLink Field in Seattle to take three points from the Seattle Sounders, home of some of the best talent in MLS, including Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Osvaldo Alonso, and Lamar Neagle.

You'll also find a city full of fans claiming to support the best team MLS has to offer while hoping nobody remembers their zero MLS Cups.

Seriously, the arrogance in the Pacific Northwest rivals that of the Tri-State. When the Sounders Alliance isn't leaving Starbucks to gather under umbrellas in Lake Union Park and discuss the supposed greatness of their club, they're leaving Starbucks to gather under umbrellas in Lake Union Park and discuss the supposed greatness of the fan base.

What, am I supposed to just forget about the team that left Seattle to go to Oklahoma City? Think hard about that last sentence. A professional sports team went to Oklahoma City because Seattle wasn't good enough.

There's an entire corner of the Internet dedicated to explaining why Seattleites are awful, but I like to think there's one clip that summarizes what Seattle is all about.

A whole lot of talk, then a stumble when they walk.

They can climb to the top of the Space Needle -- you know, the one that's been cleaned once in 53 years -- to scream the greatness of their Sounders, but we can see from the comfort of our homes the way they cling to sixth in the West.

When our Lions leave the Emerald City with three points in hand, there won't be enough Pumpkin Spice garbage in all the Starbucks on the planet to help them forget the new kids on the block. Where will you be watching?