This just released from Major League Soccer...
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Soccer announced on Friday that the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders FC resolved a potential contractual issue regarding former Crew coach Sigi Schmid.
Columbus acquired allocation money and cash from Seattle, thus releasing Schmid from contractual obligations and allowing him to proceed with his contract negotiations with Seattle.
In connection with this matter, Major League Soccer found no evidence of tampering by Seattle Sounders FC.
So the league couldn't prove tampering, but Sounders FC still must pay the Crew for a 'non-compete' clause that Schmid for some reason signed that protected the Crew from Sigi signing with another MLS club and 'sharing restricted club information.'After all of this crap, is there any doubt Seattle will announce the signing of Schmid before Christmas?
Hanauer tells the Times...
"We believe Sigi is the best coach in Major League Soccer and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue contract negotiations with him," said Hanauer. "There were never any improprieties and the league's statement confirms this. There was some language in his contract that was ambiguous, but rather than going through a long, drawn out process we came to an agreement."