Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid talked after Thursday’s practice about his team’s U.S. Open Cup draw. Seattle, of course, faces a potential brutal trip to Florida, which would be sandwiched by MLS road trips to Los Angeles.
Here is what Schmid had to say:
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“The only place we could’ve played is Miami that was further away, unless Puerto Rico is considered part of the Open Cup. (laughs) … Obviously for us it presents a unique problem. I know Bruce Arena mentioned their problem, but our problem is worse. If the NASL Tampa team wins, we go from L.A. to Tampa and then back to L.A., so we have to go cross-country and play three games. And then we have a reserve game, as well, at the end of that. So we’ll have four games in a grand total of (eight) days, and we’ll have to go cross-country to get it done.
“It’s definitely not optimal. Last year, I got in trouble saying things about the Open Cup, so I guess I can’t say too much about it to not get in trouble. But I’m never quite sure if they re-draw it every round, if it’s done on a regional basis… Sometimes you think it’s regional when you see that D.C. is going to play Richmond, and you see that Chivas drives 20 miles down the road and plays the L.A. Blues, and then other times you see L.A. playing Carolina and we’re playing Tampa. So it doesn’t look very regional at all.
“Again, lay it out there. Let everybody see it. Put a bracket out there right from the beginning, and then there’s no ifs, ands or buts, and no questions.”