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June 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

POLL: Is one day of rest for Tuesday’s USOC match enough?

Three games in six days. That’s what Sounders FC is looking at in the next week now that the team’s third-round match in the U.S. Open Cup has been settled.

The busy schedule kicks off Thursday with a home game against New York. Then Seattle hosts New England on Sunday afternoon. The USOC match against the Kitsap Pumas is Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at Starfire Stadium.

I asked Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid today what he thought about having one day’s rest (Monday) before beginning another USOC title defense.

“It’s not ideal,” he said. “It’s something really that U.S. Soccer needs to look at at the tournament. It would be the same thing if it was the other way around. Let’s say that we were playing on Thursday and we didn’t have any other game and then they were playing on Sunday. It would be wrong for us to make them play on a Tuesday. I think U.S. Soccer needs to look at that and needs to institute a 48-hour rule. I mean Chicago is going through the same thing, where they play on a Sunday and they have to come and play on a Tuesday. Columbus is doing the same thing. New York is doing the same thing. Why the game has to be on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, only some person at U.S. Soccer has an understanding of that. I think to make the Open Cup a viable tournament and everything else they’ve got to give teams that window that you get two days and then you play. If it’s not possible to do then you have to find a solution, if a team has a game at the back end of whatever the case may be. But when it’s possible to do, I think they need to support that decision. But I don’t know the answer to that. U.S. Soccer would know.”

What do you think?

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