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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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sigi Schmid could be Sounders head coach by Monday

Update 10/26: ProstAmerika reports that a contract from Seattle has been sent to Schmid.

In the middle of preparations involving the expansion draft, where Sounders FC will pick ten players for the new club, comes revelation that Sigi Schmid is about to sign as Seattle's first-ever head coach.

Further, after being crowned league champions just last Sunday, Columbus Crew may be filing tampering charges against the Sounders.

Professional writer and blogger "Ives" has posted the following:

From the SoccerByIves blog:

Just two days after becoming the first coach in MLS history to win MLS Cup titles with two different teams, Sigi Schmid stands poised to try to win a title with a third team. Schmid is on the verge of accepting a deal to become the first head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, multiple sources within MLS told SBI on Tuesday. Schmid's current contract with the MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew expires on Sunday, meaning he could be introduced as Seattle's head coach as soon as Monday.

Ives goes on to say that Brian Schmetzer is likely to be one of Schmid's assistant coaches.

The drama began heating up earlier in the day when the Columbus Dispatch posted in a story that a league source has said Columbus has filed 'tampering charges' against Seattle for talking with Schmid before his contract ends this coming Sunday.

Last year Chicago Fire filed tampering charges against New York Red Bulls after Juan Carlos Osorio moved from the Windy City to coach the Bulls all the way to MLS Cup 2008.

So, what do you think, Sounders fans? Happy it looks to be Sigi? Glad that Schmetzer has a place?


  1. This is a tough break for Columbus and great news for Seattle. I don't think that you could have landed a stronger field director. Sounders FC continues to put together key pieces that will lead them to success. The expansion draft tomorrow will show what he has to work with.

  2. Congratulated Sigi at the Crew hotel party following the Cup win, told him I was from Seattle and respected the great job he has done....his response was "Great, and just while I am talking to the press"... apparently I interrupted an interview, timing is everything! Talked to him more later, he seems like a good man for the job and all the Crew fans and players we talked to were dreading seeing him leave!


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