Sounders coach Sigi Schmid seemed pleased to be playing the Kitsap Pumas in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup next week, however he seemed mystified that U.S. Soccer scheduled the game so soon to the Sounders' MLS match against New England on Sunday.
On playing Kitsap:It’s exciting to play a local team. I’m sure they’re excited about it as well. I know the last two years they played against the Timbers in the round that they played last night. It’s a game we’re going to look forward to. The Open Cup, we’ve shown, is a tournament that’s important to this club, and it will continue to be important to this club.
On the quick turnaround: It’s not ideal. It’s something really that U.S. Soccer has to look at at the tournament. It would be the same thing if it was the other way around. Let’s say that we were playing on Thursday and we didn’t have any game and then they were playing on Sunday, it would be wrong for us to make them play on a Tuesday. I think U.S. Soccer needs to look at that and institute a 48-hour rule. I mean Chicago is going through the same thing, where they play on a Sunday and then have to go and play on a Tuesday. Columbus is doing the same thing. New York is doing the same thing. Why the game has to be on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, only some person at U.S. Soccer has an understanding of that. I think to make the Open Cup a viable tournament they’ve got to give teams that window that you get two days and then you play. … When it’s possible to do, they have to support that decision.