If the Seattle Sounders are to become the first team to win four straight U.S. Open Cups, there is a decent chance they'll need to do it on the road.
That doesn't sit well with GM Adrian Hanauer, who expressed a fair amount of frustration over the fact that the Sounders apparently lost a coin-flip to Sporting Kansas City because their blind bids were determined to be identical by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The Sounders would host the Philadelphia Union, however, if both of those teams advanced.
"I still think the Open Cup is broken," Hanauer said on Friday. "That’s my personal opinion. It can be so much more as a tournament with a bunch of concerted effort, brain power and money thrown at it."
Hanauer was quick to point out that the Sounders still have bigger concerns than the hosting process, namely next Wednesday's semifinal against Chivas USA at Starfire Sports Complex.
"The details are behind us, it’s all about playing the games now," Hanauer said. "Hopefully our team will be up for the game on Wednesday."
You'd like to think that will be easy enough to accomplish. In addition to trying to become the first team in the nearly 100-year history of the Open Cup to win four straight, the Sounders have a chance to become the first team in more than 70 years to even qualify for four consecutive finals. The only other team to accomplish that feat is the St. Louis Shamrocks, who played under the names St. Louis Central Breweries and Stix, Baer and Fuller during their first three finals appearances.