Hosting rights for the U.S. Open Cup final were released by U.S. Soccer on Friday and it was mixed news for the Sounders, provided they can beat Chivas USA in a semifinal at home Wednesday.
Here are the scenarios involving Seattle:
Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS): LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.; time TBD; Aug. 8
Philadelphia Union (MLS) at Seattle Sounders FC (MLS): CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.; time TBD; Aug. 8
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The Sounders, of course, have won the last three Open Cups — the last two at home. What makes the news interesting is Seattle general manager and part owner Adrian Hanauer said after practice that he understood the Sounders’ and Sporting KC’s bid were equal and KC won hosting rights on a coin flip (and we know coach Sigi Schmid‘s thoughts on that subject).
Hanauer found it hard to believe that the bids could be equal, considering there’s a lot more that goes into it than just a dollar amount. He went on to describe the U.S. Open Cup as “broken” and a tournament that could be so much more with some concerted brain-power and money.
I’ll have more on his thoughts this afternoon.
Until then, what do you make of the news?