U.S. Soccer has announced that if the Sounders advance to the U.S. Open Cup final, they would hold Philadelphia but travel to Kansas City.
Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said he was told that the Seattle-Kansas City bids were equal, and SKC's hosting rights were awarded on the basis of a coin flip.
"The word I got was that our blind bids were identical -- which is a shocker to me – and it was then decided by a coin flip," Hanauer said. "So it’s always something new to me. I’m still not sure where in the description of this process – the blind bid that U.S. Soccer was so proud of – led to a coin flip. But be that as it may, we first and foremost have a tough game with Chivas ahead of us. So if we get past Chivas, we’ll worry about a final. And Philadelphia is hosting Kansas City – we would host Philly if Seattle wins – so we will play our game and try to get through a semifinal and then deal with a final at that time."
The Sounders face Chivas USA in the semifinal match Wednesday at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.
Hanauer also said that the bid isn't a single dollar amount. It could be a guarantee, or a percentage, and could include other hosting issues such as marketing and hotel rooms.
Given that, he was asked if a "identical" bids seem unlikely.
"It does to me," he said. "Yeah."
Here's a news release from SKC:
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park will host the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday, if Sporting Kansas City advances past the Philadelphia Union in next week's semifinal round.
Sporting Kansas City takes on the Union at 6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 11 at PPL Park in Philadelphia with a berth in the final at stake.
Should Sporting Kansas City reach the final, the match would be held on August 7 or 8 at state-of-the-art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park versus the winner of Wednesday's second semifinal between Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders FC.
In the event LSP hosts the championship match, all current Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members will have right of first refusal for their seat locations and will have access to an exclusive pre-sale, which will begin at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, July 12. Additional ticket information for the potential final at LSP will be released next week.
The United States Soccer Federation determined the possible hosts for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Friday as conducted through a sealed bid process. The four potential pairings, championship sites and match dates are as follows:
Seattle Sounders FC at Sporting KC; August 8 at LIVESTRONG Sporting ParkChivas USA at Sporting KC; August 7 or 8 at LIVESTRONG Sporting ParkPhiladelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC; August 8 at CenturyLink FieldChivas USA at Philadelphia Union; August 7 or 8 at PPL Park
Sporting Kansas City has reached the semifinal stage for the third time in club history with home victories over Orlando City SC (USL PRO), Colorado Rapids (MLS) and Dayton Dutch Lions (USL PRO) previously in the tournament.
The U.S. Open Cup is the oldest annual team tournament in American sports history with origins in 1914 and is named after Lamar Hunt, the original founder of Sporting Kansas City. The tournament celebrates its 99th annual edition in 2012 with the largest field in tournament history, consisting of 32 amateur teams and 32 professional clubs.
Sporting Kansas City won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, defeating the Chicago Fire 1-0 on a golden goal by striker Igor Simutenkov at Arrowhead Stadium.