July 24, 2009

D.C./Seattle war of words

Not between the players or coaches, mind you, but the suits in the front office.

You can say it started in Seattle, when Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer had some strong words of regret ("frustrated" and "skeptical" being a couple) that we didn't get to host the U.S. Open Cup final up here.
“Our fans deserve some answers,” Hanauer said. “And, by the way, U.S. Soccer has been trying to raise the profile of the U.S. Open Cup. A game in front of 10,000 fans at RFK I don’t believe is going to raise the profile as much as a game in front of a sold-out Qwest Field.”
It didn't take long for D.C. United president Kevin Payne to fire back.
"I was surprised and disappointed and offended. Adrian uses the word 'skepticism' to describe the process, which seems to be implying that it wasn't on the up-and-up. Which is really an outrageous implication. He is implying that we somehow are receiving favorable treatment.
Each link, of course, has much more good stuff.

You got to love to added drama to what should be an incredible match -- heck, the regular season game between the two (a 3-3 classic) was one of the best games of the year. I can't wait.

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