Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Crew Must Give Schmid A New Contract
Columbus Dispatch, August 28th, 2008 2PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The Columbus Crew's 11-6-4 record, tied for the best in MLS this year, is the result of coach Sigi Schmid's "soccer mind and his eye for talent," writes Michael Arace. That's why he deserves a new contract.

"He has completely overhauled the team in three years," Arace says. "Of the 30 men on the Crew's roster, only three -- Frankie Hejduk, Duncan Oughton and Chad Marshall -- are pre-Schmid holdovers. Schmid has rebuilt with care, and with an eye on long-term benefit. Twenty-two of his players are younger than 30 -- and 16 are younger than 25." General Manager Mark McCullers and "excellent" Technical Director Brian Bliss deserve credit too, "but make no mistake: this team is Sigi's, built in his image," and although the defense could be better, the improving attack has been a revelation.

Schmid's plan is working just as his contract is reaching term, but the club should offer him a new and improved deal "because he has built this team, and we know he can coach it. Pay up to maintain continuity. It would be unseemly to nickel-and-dime Schmid at this point, just because the whole league is cheap. Do what it takes to keep both sides happy, and spend not a penny more. Mostly, pay up because that's the way to do this right."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
Ronaldo: Cristiano Junior Prefers Messi     
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who on Monday was named the 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, revealed ...
Debuchy to Miss Three Months     
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Wednesday revealed that right back Mathieu Debuchy is set to miss ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives