Schmid and Seattle Talking

Schmid and Seattle Talking

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 5, 2008
  • Coaching Changes, Robert Warzycha, Sigi Schmid

Can Seattle land Sigi as their coach? (ony Quinn/MLS/

The biggest surprise (sarcasm) of the month, Sigi Schmid is talking to expansion club Seattle Sounders FC about their head coach opening. We’ve all thought he was a candidate since the start of 2008 and now it is a little more official.

Sigi Schmid is officially a candidate to be named head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, a notion made clear by his appearance Thursday at Seahawks headquarters.

Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer met today and are expected to continue the discussion about the job Friday. Schmid, who coached the Columbus Crew to the 2008 MLS championship, is no longer with Columbus after his contract expired Sunday. This is his first meeting with Sounders FC executives.

While this doesn’t officially mean he will be the next Sounders FC coach, most of us know it pretty much means his time in Columbus is done unless the Crew can some how match Seattle’s offer (which will probably be one of the best in the league in terms of coaching salary). Columbus could come back and shock us all with a better offer for Schmid but I am not holding out for it (and I am willing to bet most Crew fans aren’t either).

I really see this as a matter of time kind of thing for the two sides. Columbus will definitely miss Schmid once he leaves but I do believe they will be fine because long-time assistant Robert Warzycha will more than likely take over the head coaching duties. Most have seen Warzycha as a suitable replacement for Schmid for a while now, and I for one totally agree with that as I see him doing well in that position.