Zach Scott called it “unavoidable.”
When the U.S. Open Cup third-round draw came out Wednesday, it was impossible for the Sounders FC defender not to notice a possible matchup with his younger brother Dan, who plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League.
The Rowdies face VSI Tampa Bay in a second-round game Tuesday and the winner faces three-time champion Seattle on May 29.
Zach sent Dan a text message after the draw.
“His first response, which was the correct one, was, ‘Hey, we’ve got a game against VSI on Tuesday, so we definitely have to win that one before we can even look ahead,'” said Zach Scott of his brother. “I know he loves their coach, and their coach is a real professional. He’s going to have them completely grounded. Obviously that’s unavoidable to look into the future, it’s what we did when we were playing MLS clubs as a lower-division team, but they’re going to be ready. I’m certain they’ll win that game on Tuesday and we’ll see them in a couple weeks.”
You might remember Zach and Dan faced off in the 2011 Open Cup, when Dan played for the Kitsap Pumas.
But is there any way Zach will be rooting against his brother Tuesday? If the Rowdies win, the third-round game will be in Florida, forcing the Sounders into some crazy travel in between league trips to Los Angeles on May 26 and June 1.
If the Rowdies lose, Seattle will host VSI at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
“100 percent,” he said. “As a soccer fan, I want to play my brother. As a guy that would hopefully be recovering between games, I’d rather not have to take a cross-country trip. I know everybody on this team is the same way.”