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Spoils of victory: the Cup and CONCACAF

They say that to the victor go the spoils, and a couple of Sounders' spoils of victory from the U.S. Open Cup are -- of course -- the cup itself ... and probable entry into the next CONCACAF Champions League.

Since that obviously will be a new competition for this franchise, here's a little background on CONCACAF Champions League from Wikipedia.

Here's the official CONCACAF Champions League site.

And here's a look at this season's D.C. United schedule ... just to give an idea of how Champions League impacts and intertwines with the MLS regular season and other competitions ... including U.S. Open Cup.

As for the cup itself, the Sounders are still making plans to show off their first trophy. They haven't yet decided on where it will be permanently kept. However, they are giving some thought to touring it around a bit. And you can pretty well count on it being displayed somehow at the Sounders next home game: Sept. 19 vs. Chivas USA.