Nov 14, 2013, 3:21 PM EST
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.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:32 PM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 7:38 PM EST
“It goes without saying, I’d love to come,” Heskey told BBC Radio Leicester.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:44 PM EST
Poor Franck. All fired up and not even on the 23-man shortlist.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
Can Liverpool build off this draw in Sofia? Their manager Brendan Rodgers has cause for optimism.
Nov 26, 2014, 5:21 PM EST
All the action from the penultimate games in Groups A-D, as two teams booked their spot in the last 16.
Nov 26, 2014, 5:19 PM EST
The raid on Southampton continues, as their recruiting guru heads to Spurs.
Nov 26, 2014, 4:43 PM EST
It was an upbeat display from the Gunners, who move on to the Champions League knockout stage.
Nov 26, 2014, 4:42 PM EST
Reds cough up late goal, but can still advance to the last 16 of the UCL with a win over Basel in their final group game.
Nov 26, 2014, 4:10 PM EST
Watch Ronaldo go level with Raul as he puts some pressure on Messi.
Nov 26, 2014, 3:41 PM EST
Good start for the Arsenal, scoring early through Yaya Sanogo.
Nov 26, 2014, 3:10 PM EST
As Tottenham continue to struggle, Mauricio Pochettino believes his team needs more rest between competitions.
Nov 26, 2014, 2:27 PM EST
The Zenit skipper earned three points for the home side as Benfica’s Champions League dreams ended in St. Petersburg.
Nov 26, 2014, 1:58 PM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 1:13 PM EST
Former Reds’ goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar had some choice words for the struggling Simon Mignolet as Liverpool’s tumultuous season continues.
Nov 26, 2014, 12:29 PM EST
The Bayern star was outshone by Sergio Aguero’s hat trick in Munich’s 3-2 loss to Manchester City.
Nov 26, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
Stoke City will be without their on-loan winger as the Nigerian international is sidelined with a thigh injury.
Nov 26, 2014, 10:45 AM EST
Rog and Davo scrutinize Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool and welcome Kyle Martino to the pod.
Nov 26, 2014, 10:19 AM EST
Eight Champions League matches take place today as Arsenal and Liverpool both look to rebound from Premier League losses.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:25 AM EST
Spanish defender Sergio Ramos questioned some players loyalty to the national team, which didn’t sit well with Cesc Fabregas.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:35 AM EST
The Aston Villa striker will be looking for minutes as he heads down the ranks to the Championship on a one-month loan.
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