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SBD/November 1, 2013/Franchises
Trick Or Treat: Dynamo Draws Only 10,476 For Playoff Win At BBVA Compass Stadium
Published November 1, 2013
CROWDED FIELD: In Portland, Jamie Goldberg notes since MLS is "taking a full two weeks off in the middle of the playoffs to accommodate FIFA games, all four teams that make the conference finals will have to play a game on short rest." Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said, "It’s not ideal. Having to spread out the playoffs is not ideal from a playing or a marketing standpoint. It’s the way it is, and the teams have to deal with it best they can." Goldberg notes while MLS "attempted to create a competitively balanced playoff schedule, the league had to take into account field availability and TV contracts when setting the schedule." MLS had to schedule Timbers-Sounders for Saturday because the Seahawks "have a game on Sunday" (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/1). Meanwhile, Sounders GM & minority Owner Adrian Hanauer Thursday noted NFL lines will be on the CenturyLink Field surface for Saturday's game and said fans "should be prepared for a football field pretending to be a soccer field." Hanauer: "It’s the unfortunate reality of a two-professional-team stadium with the timing. ... We're not happy about it, but we’re going to have to make the most of it." He added, "The only way around it is creating massive risk for a nationally televised NFL game. Again, in the weighed risk, I understand why this is where we’re at with this solution" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 10/31).