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Sounders: No problems with CCL, USOC changes

Changes were announced last week in the formats of both the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2012 U.S. Open Cup.

Here is some Sounders reactions to the changes in both competitions:

Here's Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the CCL changes:“It reduces the workload for everybody. It takes everybody from six group games to four group games. Now, out of the six original planned dates now you only have to play in four of those. It relieves a lot of the schedule congestion and so forth. How it’s going to be exactly they seem to indicate that there will be an U.S. team and a Mexican team in each group, and then that would be supplemented by other teams. Again, it all depends on how you do and the group you draw. Certainly, the one thing the change will do is it raises the importance of each game. You can’t start slowly in the tournament or have a throwaway game because you’ve only got three left, so you have to make better use of the games. From that standpoint, I think it’s a positive change because I think it brings a greater level of competitiveness into each game and I think it’s also a positive change because it relieves that schedule congestion that was happening to a lot of the teams.”

Here's general manager Adrian Hanauer on the U.S. Open Cup changes:“I’m not convinced it affects it dramatically. I think it’s good that all the MLS teams will play--get rid of the play-in games. We have no problem with an open bidding process in those earlier rounds. In the semis and finals, if we’re good enough to reach that far in the tournament, we’ll do what we need to do and try to bid as aggressively as ever to continue to host those games.”