D.C. United president Kevin Payne was "surprised and disappointed and offended" at the Adrian Hanauer's comments from yesterday's blog and today's TNT questioing how the U.S. Open Cup final was awarded to D.C. United and RFK Stadium (where the game drew fewer than 8,500 fans last season.)
(I will add this: I interviewed Kevin Payne before United visited Seattle. He's one of the key figures of MLS, he's been key to building what may be its most successful franchise, and he is understandably proud of that.)
The cross-country return fire comes from Steven Goff's Washington Post soccer blog.
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(And at the very least, this could add some fire the final. Clearly it's become a little personal, clearly there is an element of MLS royalty resenting the young upstart.)