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May 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Would you watch a U.S. Open Cup draw? (Friday links)

usoc logo.jpgAs has been covered, the Sounders learned the scenarios for their May 29 third-round matchup in the U.S. Open Cup this week. Seattle will either travel to face the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL or host the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL.

Here was coach Sigi Schmid‘s reaction to the draw Thursday:

“I guess it’s a coin flip that’s taken place somewhere behind some closed doors, so we assume that’s the way it is. It’s all up to U.S. Soccer as to where they want to take the tournament. I know in the bidding process that they’ve had in the past, it probably made the tournament a little more financial lucrative for them than it’s been in the past. Obviously they felt that they wanted to change that, which is fine.

“I would like to see the draw be made a big thing like it is with the FA Cup in England. That’s a very public show. It’s something people want to watch. Whether it’s something that would be for TV, I’m not sure, but it’s something definitely that you could put on the U.S. Soccer website and people would be excited, and it’d get a lot of hits on the website, and things like that.

“If we go to Atlanta, we go to Atlanta. If we’re at home, we’re at home. We just have to take it as it comes.”

Back to potentially streaming or making the draw available online, what do you think about that? Would you tune in or do you just want to be given the results?

Let’s get to some links:

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— Here are some stories from Vancouver: Eric Hassli‘s wonder goal is still resonating and new Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie recalls his relationship with Schmid. It also sounds like the doors at B.C. Place will open to watch the UEFA Champions League final, which kicks off at 11:45 a.m.

— Looks like the USMNT’s World Cup qualifier in Guatemala will be pay-per-view television.

— Let’s talk some rivalries. At least, the guys down in LA do. James Riley represent the Pacific Northwest well.

— Riley’s team, Chivas USA, pulled off a couple trades Thursday. First they sent defender Heath Pearce and allocation money to New York for forward Juan Agudelo. The LA club also acquired defender Danny Califf in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud and more allocation money.

— FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea was suspended three games for kicking a ball at an assistant referee. Portland’s Futty Danso also got some supplemental discipline. Roundup and video available here.

Alessandro Del Piero and the LA Galaxy? Is that possible?

— The Sounders FC U-23s announced a new partnership. A product of the youth development system, Jalen Markey, has been added to the U.S. U-18 national team.

— Some Sounders fans were featured in this story on traveling support on the international scene.

— Around the world, here’s a candid interview with Cristiano Ronaldo and Monterrey got a late PK to earn a 1-1 tie at home in the first leg of the Clausura final against Santos Laguna.

— Lastly, here’s some video of part owner Drew Carey on with Jimmy Kimmel


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