Let's just start with the money quote. Obvious, but still money.
"We want to win"
After finding out that Sounders FC didn't win the bid for the Open Cup Final if DC beats Rochester I contacted General Manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer concerning the bidding process. The brief email exchange follows.
DC: With the news that the Sounders did not win both possible bids for the Open Cup Final, I'm wondering if it had to do with the bid amount, or Sounders FC's request for a change of date?
Adrian Hanauer: The decision making process for US Soccer is based on the most compelling bid. The change of date did not seem to be an issue, but I am not certain exactly why we did not win vs DC United. Because the bidding is "objective" and "closed"... it is unlikely that we will ever know the reasoning. I can only assume that DC bid more money.
How do you feel that RFK compares to either Starfire or Qwest for matchday atmosphere?
Hanauer: I think that Qwest with 30,000 fans would have been the best atmosphere possible for a US Open Cup final.
Leading the club for the third year into the SemiFinals, what do you think the difference will be this year?
Hanauer: Very little change in approach. We approach every tournament and every game the same way... we want to win.
Nothing ground breaking, but Sounders fans should take soft comfort in the confidence of the club architect.