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Sigi Schmid to remain as Seattle head coach

Nov 14, 2013, 3:21 PM EST

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They teetered on the brink of pushing the panic button, but the Seattle Sounders decided to stick with their man.

“After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club,” said Sounders owner Joe Roth.

Obviously if it required a “thorough evaluation” there was a question whether he was the right man, but point taken.

“While we are not happy with the way we finished, Sigi’s resume and accomplishments speak for themselves. We have been to the playoffs five straight years, one of just three teams to have done that. Once you make the tournament you give yourself a chance to win the MLS Cup. Sigi has won two MLS Cups and it won’t be long before he does it here in Seattle.”

It’s a resounding statement from the club, and while Roth may be contradicting himself a few times in the quotes above, Schmid will have another go.  From the sounds of it, he’s on a short leash.

The move is the right one though.  How many times in the sports history book have we seen teams make knee-jerk reactions to losing in the playoffs earlier than expected to hated rivals?

Firing Schmid would only serve to hand an experienced, quality manager to another club.

However, there is no arguing that the Sounders must do better.  The club flamed out in the stretch run, winless in nine of their last 10 and no good enough for Portland in the Western Conference semifinals.

The talented roster put together at CenturyLink Field should no question do better.  There are definitely signs to point to looking back as possible contributors to the late-season demise, but ultimately performance is needed.

With rumors of offseason movement in Seattle already flying, it’s clear the club is going to do everything in its power to challenge next season, which is all supporters can ask for.  After that, it’s Schmid’s contractual duty to squeeze the best of what he’s given.

For the 2-time MLS coach of the year, he’s got another shot.  One more shot, one more opportunity, to seize everything Seattle fans ever wanted.  It’s MLS Cup or bust for Sigi Schmid.  He remains the only coach in their history for at least the start of next year, with a lot to go in between.

  1. danielofthedale - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    You never want to dump a coach that is getting you to the playoffs unless you know you can upgrade said coach I would guess Seattle put feelers out to the reps for coaches they think would be an upgrade and they were turned so they keep Sigi.

  2. mdac1012 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I am a little surprised that he is staying. Sigi is a good coach, I just don’t know if he is a great coach and based on the terrible performance by Seattle in the playoffs last year and the absolute collapse by them at the end of this year, despite having arguably the most talented team, I thought his fate was sealed.

    I think @danielofthedale has a good take on it, they probably had a couple of coaches in mind that if interested they would be willing to replace Sigi with and when those didn’t materialize, going with Sigi for another season made the most sense.

  3. talgrath - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I’m not disappointed nor excited to see Schmid stay, I like him personality wise and there’s no doubt he has a great resume; I just question if he is the right coach for Seattle. I personally thought the Sounders brass was going to dump Schmid if he didn’t get to the Western finals, I was obviously incorrect. The pressure is building, no doubt about it; if Schmid doesn’t get the MLS Cup next season I’m almost certain he will be looking for another job.

  4. hildezero - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    This surprises me, because Sigi Schmid is not a great coach. His club is great, but he’s not that great to coach a club like that. He’s just a good decent coach. With all the talent they have, they should’ve either won the Supporter’s Shield or MLS Cup this year. Just shows that he has reached his peak at the coaching level. Bob Bradley went through the same thing.

  5. osiris33 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    What a stupid move. This guy had Dempsey in midfield and taking corners when he’s a striker who should be in the box knocking it home. He kept Martins on the bench when he was fit and didn’t play Rosales, who is his best setup man, until it was too late in the 1st Portland game. If your coach is too stupid to play Rosales, Martins, Johnson and Dempsey together, then he is too stupid to be your coach.

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