MLS Commissioner Don Garber raised more than a few cackles when he recently made a comment about "500 is for us the right number" in regards to tickets for Cascadia Cup away-supporters. It came as a bit of a shock to us because we had been hearing different. Turns out, Garber may have once again been speaking a bit out of turn -- just like he did when discussing the possibility of the Seattle Sounders opening up all of CenturyLink Field for Cascadia Cup games. Paul Cox, otherwise known as BlueEyedBuddha around these parts and other Internet outlets, made a point of calming some nerves on the ECS message boards:
This overall number is significantly higher than the 500 tickets we had last year. I am not at liberty to say what it is yet. Our leadership will announce it whenever it's appropriate for them to do so, and that might be in conjunction with the Club and/or the other Seattle SGs.
As you may or may not know, Cox is the president of the Alliance Council and very much in a position to know these things. We haven't heard many details about how, exactly, these tickets will be distributed but they will go to Sounders fans one way or another. Conversely, we can comfortably assume a lot more than 500 tickets will be available to Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps fans for those games at CenturyLink. We'll get you more information as it becomes available.