David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sounders FC Heach Coach rumor mill fires up

The rumor mill is beginning to churn out a few names and leaks as we count down towards the naming of the first Sounders FC Major League Soccer head coach.

Today SoccerByIves.net says that Kansas City Wizards' Technical Director Peter Vermes has turned down the job:

Seattle Sounders FC, the expansion franchise set to begin playing in 2009, offered Vermes its head coaching job and he has passed on the offer, sources with knowledge of the offer told SBI on Thursday. Sources have also told SBI that the job has also been discussed with one current MLS head coach.

According to sources, Seattle has already reached out to three different coaching candidates, including Vermes and at least one current MLS head coach. Current Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer had been believed to be the front-runner for the Sounders FC position when the club was formed, but it has become clear that Henderson is looking for a head coach with MLS experience.
Schmetzer was recently identified as a candidate for the job by Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer.

Yesterday the Arizona Republic quoted New England Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner as saying he has his 'fingers crossed' for the Seattle job.

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