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Starfire site not yet approved by CONCACAF

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2010 at 11:01 am with 6 Comments »
January 30, 2010 11:02 am

CONCACAF has not yet approved the Sounders idea of playing their Champions League opener at Starfire Sports Stadium.

One alert reader noticed that Starfire seems to conflict with a couple CONCACAF Champions League regulations regarding host stadiums.

One of those is that “the home venue selected by the participating team should be the stadium usually used by the team for its home games.” The other says “As a general rule, matches may only be played in all-seated stadia. … (And) if only stadia with both seating and standing areas are available, the standing space shall remain vacant.”

Obviously the Sounders “usually” play at Qwest Field, not Starfire. And when they do play at Starfire, they tend to make up for the small seating capacity by allowing fans to stand behind the fence around the pitch.

I ran those potential conflicts past the Sounders this week, and they admit that Starfire isn’t yet a certainty. The club says it hasn’t gotten an immediate “No” from CONCACAF. However — because this is the first time the Sounders are in this competition — club officials will go down to Miami for a getting-to-know-you session. It’s possible the Starfire idea will be detailed, and perhaps accepted or rejected, then.

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    Regarding non-league games, let’s talk about those 3 international friendlies … I spoke to Dave Clark about it at Jose’s send-off, he was thinking 2 EPL teams and one Mexican team … He also said something about how sweet it would be for Arsenal to come to Qwest, because they’ve never played in the US, possibly never played outside the UK … Can’t recall the details, for some reason

  2. WendellGee says:

    Arsene Wegner had some VERY negative things to say about the prospect of coming to the US (or presumably any other far away destination). I don’t remember his exact words or the source, but he was clearly strongly opposed to the idea.

    And anyone else think 3 friendlies is too many with all the matches we’re looking at this year?

  3. EverydayFan says:

    When it comes to friendlies, I say “Take ‘em all.”
    Added prestige, more money for the players, and more chances to pack Qwest to the rafters with Rave Green faithful.
    We knocked Houston out of Open Cup play in overtime just after the Chelsea friendly, and looked fine and fit.
    “Take them all…”

  4. BlueEyedBuddhist says:

    There’s also some potential issues with Starfire’s media resources (ie, no media box) and with the lighting (likely too dim).

    And the turf there is pretty bad compared with modern, high-quality artificial turf. Personally I don’t mind it (my work team plays a friendly there 1X a year) but pro players probably despise it.

  5. joepublic says:

    I am not a fan of the in-season friendlies. Zero would be fine with me, especially in a World Cup year. Pre-season? That would be fine. But why would a team like Man Utd., Inter, Barcelona or any of the other big draws come here to play a friendly in the middle of their title chase? And so why, then, do we want to have to cram a game with one of them into the middle of our title chase, especially in a year when we’ll be playing for three or four trophies?

    We can get a shot at the best team in Europe by winning the CONCACAF Champions League and getting a spot in the World club championships.

    Starfire’s stadium field has a press box.

    I have been on the field for many games at night; the lighting is fine.

    The field is huge. The rug is getting a little on the old side but is still a decent playing surface.

  6. nurse_ratched says:

    Why don’t they just play the game at Qwest and sell it out. How cheap are we if we can’t fill Qwest for our equivalent of the Champions League?

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