Sigi Schmid, coach of the Seattle Sounders, who are aiming for a fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title, told Joshua
Mayers, "I think U.S. Soccer is trying to make it difficult for us to win an Open Cup."
His comments were spurred by news that the Sounders were drawn to go on the road if they advance to the quarterfinals, regardless of the fourth-round winner between San Jose (MLS) and Minnesota (NASL).
"Obviously the coin is not favorable to us," Schmid said. "It seems to land on the right side for K.C. and for D.C. United, whose president [Kevin Payne] of one club and coach [Peter Vermes] of the other (club) have been on the executive committee of U.S. Soccer -- surprisingly. Being very frank, I think U.S. Soccer is trying to make it difficult for us to win an Open Cup. It's almost like sometimes I get the feeling like they'd rather not see us win it again, for whatever reasons. Maybe they think it dilutes the value of the Cup or they're getting pressure from others that think Seattle can only win it because they're playing at home."