Sounders FC's Zach Scott will face his younger brother, Daniel, in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup next week but says it will be like any other game: "He wants to win. I want to win. It's nothing personal."
The tweet from Daniel Scott said it all:
“Let the noogies and wet willies (begin).”
There is nothing like a good sibling rivalry, and the one between the Scotts will be perhaps the most unique story line of the U.S. Open Cup’s third round next week. Daniel and the Tampa Bay Rowdies are set to host older brother Zach and Sounders FC at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 29.
Competitiveness, a shared trait, won’t go away amid the family reunion.
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“To be honest, it’s like any other game,” Zach Scott said after Wednesday’s practice. “He wants to win. I want to win. It’s nothing personal. We’ll shake hands and hug after the game, but when you’re on the field, it’s just any other person.”
Zach, 32, is five years the elder, but he gave up the title of “big brother” long ago. Daniel is two inches taller at 6 foot 1, and listed at 10 pounds heavier at 185.
That was evident in the first meeting between brothers two years ago, also in the Open Cup, when the Sounders hosted the Kitsap Pumas, a Premier Development Team from Bremerton.
Seattle won a tight 2-1 game, as the Scotts — both captains and defenders that night — had a few physical exchanges on free kicks and corner kicks. Their mother, Linda, was in the stands wearing a half Sounders and half Pumas jersey.
Lifelong memories all, but Zach was actually rooting against a rematch with Daniel. If the Rowdies, in the second-tier North American Soccer League, had lost their second-round game to VSI Tampa Bay of the third-tier USL PRO, the Sounders would have played at home against VSI instead of traveling cross-country.
Seattle’s schedule next week includes four games in eight days, including three in the Los Angeles area and one in Florida.
“I love the opportunity to play my brother, but an eight-day road trip isn’t ideal,” Zach said. “My wife and kids aren’t very happy.”
Just as much was conveyed in some sarcastic text messages once the matchup was sealed.
“I told him thanks,” Zach said. ” ‘Thanks for the help there,’ and ‘I’ll remember this one.’ “
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