We asked Sounders' coach Sigi Schmid today about his club drawing a playoff-opening game at home on Halloween night.
Then things got a little Halloweird.
“I know it’s not ideal, playing on Halloween," he said. "I hope our fans show up. It’s OK with me if they show up in costume. I’ll be OK with that. If they want me to be in costume on the sideline to make sure they show up, I’ll do that. I don’t think I want to be a ballerina or I don’t think I’ll be Lady Gaga. But, I mean, whatever it takes. I think we have worked too hard this season. We have got a home playoff game, which is something that is very important to our team, but it’s also very important to our fan base. Maybe we can just put a notice out that trick or treating is going to be delayed a little bit in the Seattle area on Sunday night.”
One thing the Halloween date does if give the Sounders extra time to prepare. Last season, they drew the opening first-round date, meaning a first match on Thursday. This season's assignment gives them three extra days to prepare.
"Like I always say, you take what you're given," Schmid said. "We've established a rhythm in training, so we'll prepare in an appropriate manner. It just mean's that we get a day off in mid-week and we go through a cycle like would would have gone from a Saturday to a Saturday or a Sunday to a Sunday."
Reminder: Playoff tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.