— Daniel Scott (@DanielBScott2) May 22, 2013
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Zach Scott vs. Daniel Scott.
An oversimplification, for sure, but it’s a fun storyline going into the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, where Zach’s Sounders will travel to face his younger brother Dan and the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 29.
The matchup sets up a wild week of travel for Seattle, so Zach was asked after Wednesday’s practice if there were any conflicted emotions when the Rowdies faced VSI Tampa Bay (VSI would’ve traveled here if it won).
“Yeah, a little bit,” Zach said. “Obviously, I love the opportunity to play my brother, but an eight-day road trip isn’t ideal. My wife and kids aren’t very happy. In the end, we know what we’re getting into when you enter this tournament. There’s always the possibility of a long travel week. We’ve won on the road before, we’ve won a championship on the road, and at this point we expect nothing less. We’re going to take it like professionals and go in there and hopefully get a result.”
This will be the second such matchup between the Scott brothers. It happened in 2011, when Dan was with the Kitsap Pumas, a local Premier Development Team. The brothers actually served as their respective team captains as Seattle eked out a 2-1 home win. They played 90 minutes each and even matched up on a few set pieces.
Based on that experience, Zach said next week’s reunion will be “like any other game. He wants to win. I want to win. It’s nothing personal. We’ll shake hands and hug after the game, but when you’re on the field it’s just any other person.”
Interaction since the matchup became official has so far been limited to text messages.
So what did Zach send? It was dripping with sarcasm as the Sounders prepare for a week of cross-country travel.
“I told him ‘Thanks. Thanks for the help there,’ and, ‘I’ll remember this one.’”