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Does USSF hate Seattle?

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10:02 AM ET 04.14 | Each time I share information about the selection of a home venue for a U.S. men's national team match, the e-mails and tweets arrive within minutes. Check that: They arrive in seconds. Why does the U.S. Soccer Federation hate Seattle? Or something along those lines. Despite the Sounders' MLS-best attendance since their arrival three years ago, despite the metropolis???s history of passion for the sport, despite the intensity of the matchday experience at CenturyLink Field -- matched only by Cascadia rival Portland -- the USSF hasn't awarded a home friendly or World Cup qualifier to the Emerald City since 2003. "We've considered Seattle in the past and will continue to consider it in the future," spokesman Neil Buethe told the Insider. "We think Seattle is one of the best soccer markets in the country - no doubt."

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April 14, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Seattle is apparently understimated and not loved in all sports events ... too bad

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April 14, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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Well it rains too damn much.

Seattle ranks 44th among major U.S. cities in average annual rainfall, getting approximately 38 inches annually. Cities that get more rainfall than Seattle include such as Houston Texas (48 inches), New Orleans (60 inches), Mobile AL (65 inches), Memphis (52 inches), Nashville (48 inches), and pretty much every major city on the eastern seaboard, such as New York (43 inches), Philadelphia (41 inches), Miami (58 inches), and Boston (44 inches).

April 14, 2012  03:49 PM ET

It's the turf at CenturyLink; CONCACAF prefers matches on natural grass.

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April 14, 2012  10:20 PM ET

For the second game in a row, the foward duo of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero looks just about impossible to stop. Two quick, technical, hard working strikers supported by an excellent midfield.

Which leads me to ask: why Carlitos? Why?

Sigh.

April 14, 2012  11:51 PM ET

Quite simple really. No national team game should ever played on turf. They tore it out at BMO for that very reason.

April 15, 2012  11:00 AM ET
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For the second game in a row, the foward duo of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero looks just about impossible to stop. Two quick, technical, hard working strikers supported by an excellent midfield. Which leads me to ask: why Carlitos? Why?Sigh.

On that note....

Come on Villans! Remember that you are... er, used to be a big team!

April 15, 2012  05:35 PM ET
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Seattle ranks 44th among major U.S. cities in average annual rainfall, getting approximately 38 inches annually. Cities that get more rainfall than Seattle include such as Houston Texas (48 inches), New Orleans (60 inches), Mobile AL (65 inches), Memphis (52 inches), Nashville (48 inches), and pretty much every major city on the eastern seaboard, such as New York (43 inches), Philadelphia (41 inches), Miami (58 inches), and Boston (44 inches).

It's not the amount, it's the frequency. Seattle has more days with precipitation than every city you mentioned. Among U.S. metros with populations of at least 1 million, only Rochester, Buffalo, Portland, Cleveland and Pittsburgh average more wet days per year than Seattle's 149. Source: National Climatic Data Center.

April 16, 2012  03:25 AM ET

Get off the rain debate, the turf issue is the real issue.

April 16, 2012  08:08 AM ET

If Seattle loved soccer so much, they would not allow their Sounders to play on turf, or any National team. Get it done Seattle.

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