The Sounders trained today at Starfire Sports Stadium, where they will begin U.S. Open Cup play at 7 p.m. Wednesday against PSA Elite. That will be the Sounders' first competition at that venue this season, so we asked coach Sigi Schmid how the pitch is this year.
We’re happy to play at Stafire, and it’s a great atmosphere for our crowd. The pitch itself is not the best. It’s pretty flat, it’s pretty matted down. It plays pretty fast. It’s not ideal. It’s actually an equalizer to a certain extent. It helps the team that maybe has a little less experience or a little less quality at times get into the game because the pitch evens it out a little bit.