Nov 14, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT
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.
Apr 20, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Red Devils rocking, as Everton come out flying:
Apr 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT
With the Miami port vehemently against the new stadium deal, Miami’s mayor comes to Beckham’s side.
Apr 20, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil were back in the starting lineup and Arsenal looked like a rejuvenated bunch.
Apr 20, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT
David Moyes returns to his old home as Everton continues their fight for a Champions League place.
Apr 20, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT
It’s been nearly five months since his last goal, but Aaron Ramsey picked up where he left off to give Arsenal the lead at KC.
Apr 20, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT
Raheem Sterling shined and they held off a charging Norwich at the end to go five points clear at the top.
Apr 20, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT
Mesut Ozil returns for Arsenal after a 6-week absence, can he lead Arsenal’s charge for the top four?
Apr 20, 2014, 7:48 AM EDT
With a reduced role under David Moyes, Welbeck may search elsewhere in the Premier League for a better managerial relationship.
Apr 20, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT
The Reds are well on their way to going top, but Norwich are battling with attacks of their own.
Apr 20, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
It’s all on the line for both teams this morning in a massive game for each end of the table. Liverpool can put one hand on the title trophy with a win today, going five clear at the top.
Apr 20, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT
Liverpool can go five clear before David Moyes makes his return to Goodison Park.
Apr 20, 2014, 3:53 AM EDT
Dallas stayed at the top of the Western Conference, while Seattle improved to 3-0-1 on the road.
Apr 20, 2014, 2:39 AM EDT
Seattle’s high-priced strike tandem produced another late winner, giving the Sounders their fourth win of the season.
Apr 20, 2014, 1:51 AM EDT
Two huge saves in the final minutes from Nick Rimando keep RSL unbeaten.
Apr 20, 2014, 1:05 AM EDT
Goal difference has the defending champions on top of the Eastern Conference.
Apr 20, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT
Two more goals off set pieces gave FC Dallas its fifth win of the season.
Apr 19, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT
Juan Guzman gave Giancarlo Gonzalez a pass. Columbus came back to claim a draw.
Apr 19, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT
Two separate leads were pulled back as the Whitecaps fought back at BC Place.
Apr 19, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT
NBC’s team on the scene reacts to the day’s big result:
Apr 19, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
San Jose remains without a win beside playing the second place Rapids to a standstill.
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