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May 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Poll: How important to you is another U.S. Open Cup run this year?

This is the Year of the MLS Cup.

At least that’s how the Sounders portrayed it at the start of the season. That doesn’t mean the other competitions don’t matter — as seen already in a pretty impressive CONCACAF Champions League run — but more emphasis was going to be put on going deep in the MLS playoffs.

Now it’s just about time for the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament Seattle has won three times (2009, 2010, 2011 and nearly in 2012). And if you look at Wednesday’s third-round draw, clearly U.S. Soccer did the Sounders no favors with a potential May 29 trip to Florida in between back-to-back league trips to southern California, May 26 at the Los Angeles Galaxy and June 1 at Chivas USA.

That’s a brutal Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday stretch.

So let’s hear it.

Are you just as excited for a U.S. Open Cup run? Does the tournament feel less important to you this year?

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