Despite falling short of the ultimate goal, the Seattle Sounders won’t be making any drastic changes on the coaching front.
On Thursday, Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey announced that Sigi Schmid will return to the club as head coach. The announcement comes in the aftermath of the Sounders’ playoff exit at the hands of FC Dallas, as the club still remains in pursuit of an elusive MLS Cup.
“Let me put something to bed: Sigi (Schmid) is our coach,” Lagerwey said at Thursday night’s Alliance annual business meeting. “Sigi will be our coach. Sigi is my coach.
“Sigi, you cool with being partners for another year?”
The Sounders have reached the postseason in all seven seasons under Schmid, who has posted a total record of 222-153-111 throughout his MLS career. The 2015 season saw the Sounders post a 15-13-6 mark in a season that was riddled by injuries to virtually every major contributor.
“I actually think our coach did one of his best coaching jobs this year, because I probably would have hanged myself,” owner Joe Roth added. “It was a very, very difficult year to coach this team, given all the injuries and the ups and downs. I thought he did a great job.”
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