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Schmid, right man for Sounders' job
July 14th, 2011 11:40PM

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[MLS] Sigi Schmid, often mentioned as a potential successor to current U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, has signed an extension that will keep him with the Seattle Sounders through the 2015 season.

Schmid -- the MLS career leader in both regular-season victories (he has a 148-107-82 record) and postseason victories (19-10-5) -- has guided the Sounders to two U.S. Open Cup titles and back-to-back playoff berths in the club's first two seasons in MLS.

The 58-year-old Schmid has won MLS titles with Los Angeles (2002) and Columbus (2008).

"From the moment we hired Sigi I knew it was the right decision, and that he was the right man for this particular club," said Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer. "I feel that even more strongly today. Beyond the victories and the trophies won, Sigi possesses a strong, positive character and he has represented himself and this club with tremendous class and professionalism. Sigi is the right coach to lead us to more successes and more championships."



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  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: July 15, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
    Seattle play ugly, ugly soccer, and have two designated players that jumped ship and a star (Montero) who looks like he doesn't care for much of the time. Good Luck Sounders supporters. Do you like the product on the field? If you don't, you can always vote out Hanauer. I admit the results have been good, but really ugly.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 17, 2011 at 11:52 p.m.
    Having known Sigi from the very first day he visited UCLA back in the early 70's and as one who has closely followed his career, as well as being one of my closest friends, it seems that wherever he goes and coaches he is successful, from UCLA to the U17's, as an assistant to Bora Milutinovic in WC USA 1994, to the Galaxy, the Crew and now the Sounders, Seattle signed the right person for the club. OK, so I am just a tad bit biased but I do know him quite well, and he is a dedicated man who is loyal to the core to whom and by whom he's employed. I know for a definitive fact that even though he guided the Galaxy to success, his dismissal was one fraught with angst, dismay, and yes, anger, not just by him but by many others within the team, as well as his friends. His eventual stint with the Crew served to tell AEG that he is very capable, and to date he's proven that very fact time and again with the Sounders. Mind you, he will trip along the way, here and there, but Schmid is not one to shy away or give up; he knows talent when he sees it and will use it. Likewise he also has a thick skin in dealing with spoiled and recalcitrant players. But one thing for sure, we do wish him the very best up there yonder in Seattle!


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