Another day, another England ex-pat moaning about the way MLS and American soccer does things. From the Seattle PI:
I’ve said over and over again that I view the Open Cup as a bit of a waste of time and definite third priority beneath the league and CONCACAF Champions League in terms of importance.
But one of the few good things the Open Cup can do is help bring MLS to different venues, including smaller venues like this one in Tukwila, WA. If I’m Seattle, I use these Open Cup matches as a chance to bring my team and brand elsewhere in the upper NW. Why not play this match in Spokane at Gonzaga (who’s putting together quite a nice little soccer facility, btw). Why not play this in Anchorage (only a 3 1/2 hour flight away)? Imagine what kind of event this would be up there.
I’ve always said that DC is right to play its “smaller” matches in Germantown or even in Richmond. I know there is a legitimate argument that the last things MLS teams need with their crowded schedule is more travel, but I think the benefits are worth it. Especially for teams that don’t own their own stadiums, the benefits really outweigh the “risks.”
But going back to Smith’s moaning, what does he think he can accomplish by this kind of self-serving moan? There is no tabloid media here to pick up on this with a “SMITH RAGES AT SOUNDERS’ FIELD FLOP” headline. All it does is make the whiner sound like exactly that.