General manager Adrian Hanauer was asked today whether coach Sigi Schmid was speaking for the franchise yesterday when he implied that U.S. Open Cup plays favorites with its tournament draw.
“Sigi has a long background in this league, with U.S. Soccer,” he said. “I also think, you know, Sigi’s job is to get wins, motivate the team, push our league, push U.S. Soccer. I know Sigi well enough to know that some of what he says is a little bit of jab, some of it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, some of it is how he feels. But just because he says something doesn’t mean that he believes 100 percent, for example, that the draw is rigged.
“The area where I support him absolutely, 100 percent, is that more transparency in the whole process eliminates anyone questioning it. It’s not the first time a draw for a tournament in any sport where there are in effect conspiracy theories about that. And I’m just a big believer in transparency and that eliminated any uncertainty about these types of cases.
But I spoke to (DC United president) Kevin Payne this morning, who’s a good friend, and he considers Sigi a good friend, and he knows Sigi extremely well. To me, I don’t want to say much ado about nothing, but much ado about not very much. And we move on.”