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Should not be long before we know of Sigi Schmid’s fate

Nov 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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If the day or so after MLS regular season ends is the dark period for potential employment blows involving the non-playoff teams, this week would be the equivalent for the foursome that dropped out over the last few days.

And that means we probably won’t need long to find out about Sigi Schmid in Seattle, one way or the other.

New York, Los Angeles and New England also fell off the playoff roster last week, but none of those managers are going anywhere. Mike Petke is surely disappointed in failing to advance in his first playoff series bid with the Red Bulls, but he did well enough to be feel reasonably safe this year. (Although it certainly was interesting that ESPN’s Alexi Lalas said Sunday night that, according to Petke himself, the Red Bulls manager was not signed for the 2014 season. That’s a different version than we heard from Red Bulls brass, so that deserves some monitoring.)

Bruce Arena in L.A. is as safe as they come.  And Jay Heaps did well for himself in getting the Revolution into the playoffs in his second season as a professional coach. He’s not going anywhere.

So we come to Schmid, the only manager Seattle has had during its MLS days.

His time at CenturyLink certainly hasn’t been a bust. Not even close. But considering the tremendous expectations of that franchise, considering the club’s relative lack of playoff success, and considering a history of sketchy Designated Player performance, it’s hard to like the man’s chances of being around for a sixth season in charge.

The club has seemed to arrive onto a plateau … and that certainly is not lost on Seattle’s ambitious upper management.

As player contracts are mostly up at the end of this month, it makes sense to get this done quickly – if it’s going to happen, that is.

  1. talgrath - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Honestly, I really like Schmid as a coach and a person and the fact that he can’t get more out of this team really is puzzling. On paper, this should work, Schmid has won an MLS cup with much less than he has now (albeit in a very different MLS than the one we see today), Schmid has a very talented roster at his disposal and a management group that is motivated to set the team up to win; so why doesn’t it work?

    In any case, I’m not so sure that the Sounders will announce anything right now. They won’t fire Schmid unless they think they have someone better lined up, and while there are a lot of coaches floating around out there, there aren’t a lot with the pedigree that Schmid has, at least that are willing to coach MLS. I’m curious to see what happens, but I don’t expect to hear anything for another month, unless the search already got started and found someone very quickly.

    • ojom4130 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      I agree, Hanauer if he does something won’t act until August, that’s his M.O.

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