D.C. United has won the right to host the U.S. Open championship match if it gets by USL-1 Rochester in its semifinal match Tuesday. That means if United and Seattle both advance, the Sounders would visit RFK Stadium on Sept. 2.
However, if Seattle advances but Rochester defeats D.C., then the Sounders would host the final on Sept. 1.
D.C.'s apparently high bid seems surprising. Just last week Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said he would like to give his side home field advantage if it's that close to winning the first trophy in franchise history. Beyond that, United drew fewer than 9,000 fans the last time it hosted an Open Cup final. I would have assumed that the Sounders -- with more than a month to promote the game -- could have drawn two or three times that many fans ... that both clubs would have bid accordingly.
All this means that Sounders fans should not only be rooting for the rave green next week, but also for the Rhinos.
Here's the official release.