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The Daily Sigi Schmid: once emotion wears off, the data can take over

Nov 12, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

Can Schmid bring an MLS Cup to Seattle's fanatical followers in 2014? Can Schmid bring an MLS Cup to Seattle's fanatical followers in 2014?

(Isn’t it time for a “Daily Sigi Schmid” element at ProSoccerTalk? Seem like it …)

The momentum behind a call for change in Seattle may be overwhelming; a club that is peerless in terms of regular attendance has similarly ambitious drive for competitive achievement, and that may ultimately cost Sigi Schmid his job.

But today at Sounder at Heart, there is a solid, fact-backed case for keeping Schmid at least one more year. (That would be his sixth at the club; Schmid is the only manager to have walked the sidelines during the club’s MLS days, which began in 2009.)

Boiling it down here, this piece shows that once emotion can be properly vented, relevant data can and should elbow its way into the conversation. And the writer provides some calm analysis (statistical and observational) that says Schmid’s days at CenturyLink have been far, far from fruitless.

It also helps add some context to Seattle’s high ambition – and why it may not be reasonable.

There is certainly a place where aspiration and zeal for winning must be balanced with reasonable expectation. The Sounders organization has to locate that balance through soul-searching and careful scrutiny of its own upper management moves. Only then can club deciders make the best choice on Schmid’s future with the club.

  1. ojom4130 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Sigi hasn’t been helped by his GM’s constant late signings and poor drafts. However good Sigi’s record is, and it is good, he has shown an inability to adjust, with both new players and circumstances. With new players Sigi won’t adjust his formations and tactics to meet their strengths, and with circumstances, he went to Portland trailing and played for 0-0 half, because that’s who he is, extremely conservative.

    • ojom4130 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Winning once in the last ten games is data that should not be dismissed.

      • Randy Meeker - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        It’s also not the only data that should be considered.

  2. talgrath - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I’ve said it before, in longer form on another post, I don’t think the Sounders are going to dump Schmid immediately. The Sounders will look things over, look at who they might get to replace him and then make a decision. Those in the fanbase that feel Sigi Schmid should be fired right now are wrong, but the idea that Schmid might not be the right fit for this club isn’t necessarily incorrect. Schmid is a good MLS coach, perhaps a great MLS coach, but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily the right man for the job in Seattle.

    • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Unfortunately, you might end up being right. That does not change the fact the Sounders have become stagnant under his reign.

      • talgrath - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        To be clear, I think that the Sounders will, ultimately, replace him; I just don’t think the replacement is getting announced this week like some people suggest.

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