Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Timbers fans will not like this. But thereyago... the Sounders are your 2009, 2010 and now 2011 US Open Cup champs. And it's not like there was any doubt either. Seattle's road: 2-1 over something called Kitsap Pumas, 3-1 over the Galaxy, 1-0 over FCD and finally 2-0 over Chicago. Not a light slate. Will have some video up as it becomes available. This provides MLS' wine and cheese fan base with the bragging equivalent of a 1985 Chateau Margaux. Never. Hear. The end of it.

Update: Here are your two goals from an awesome fan cam.

This also happened on Tuesday night. DC United fans are not amused.

- Will Parchman


Jay said...

Purchased trophies.

Actually, I like the Sounders. I think they've put together some real smart teams, and obviously the fan support is pretty amazing. But it's pretty hard to be neutral when you're in a loud bar full of angry Fire fans.

Will Parchman said...

The Sounders are fine. Any team that inspires that kind of support gets a silver star in my book. The one thing that frustrates me is that their fan base can assume a condescending air of superiority at times. Getting 30,000+ to every game has given a large portion of Seattle's fan base the license to act as though soccer was born in Washington and "your fan base isn't as good as ours." It is a generalization that does not apply to every Sounders supporter, but it rings true far more than in any other group in MLS that I've yet experienced.

Matt said...

@Jay: I don't understand what you mean by purchased trophies.

jon said...

Matt, I assumed Jay was referencing the fact that Seattle never played a road game in USOC.

Jay said...

@Matt: the USOC process for assigning match sites is by bid. The bid process itself is opaque, but is easily assumed to be based entirely on what the club is willing to kick back to the federation for the right to host.

Seattle's last road game in the cup was their first match in 2010, on the road to Portland. Since then, and this is a stretch of 7 straight games across two years, every game Seattle has played has been at home. Drawing 30k fans to a field turf pitch is a distinct advantage when playing against patchwork teams pulling from their reserve sides, and Seattle has paid their way into that advantage.

The number of tickets that Seattle is able to sell makes their potential kickback that much more significant than any other club in the country, and highlights just how partial the bid process actually is. The federation really really REALLY needs to revise this process if it wants to pretend that the Cup is legit.