"Sigi has a long background in this league, with U.S. Soccer," he said. "I also think, you know, Sigi’s job is to get wins, motivate the team, push our league, push U.S. Soccer. I know Sigi well enough to know that some of what he says is a little bit of jab, some of it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, some of it is how he feels. But just because he says something doesn’t mean that he believes 100 percent, for example, that the draw is rigged.
"The area where I support him absolutely, 100 percent, is that more transparency in the whole process eliminates anyone questioning it. It’s not the first time a draw for a tournament in any sport where there are in effect conspiracy theories about that. And I’m just a big believer in transparency and that eliminated any uncertainty about these types of cases.
But I spoke to (DC United president) Kevin Payne this morning, who’s a good friend, and he considers Sigi a good friend, and he knows Sigi extremely well. To me, I don’t want to say much ado about nothing, but much ado about not very much. And we move on."