MLS Soccer

Sigi Schmid out as Sounders coach

Sigi Schmid
Sigi Schmid AP

The Sigi Schmid era with Seattle Sounders FC is over.

The Sounders announced Tuesday that Schmid and the club have mutually agreed to part immediately. Longtime assistant and former USL Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer will be the interim head coach.

“We’ve not given up on making the playoffs, and help is on the way,” general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said. “We’re optimistic that we can change this thing positively and move forward this year.”

The help that Lagerwey alluded to is Nicolas Lodeiro. The native of Uruguay, an attacking midfielder, played most recently for Argentina’s Boca Juniors club and has 42 caps for the Uruguay national team.

“It’s no secret, though it’s not necessarily the worst-kept secret we’ve had, but Nicolas landed at the airport today,” Hanauer said. “We have some i’s to dot and some t’s to cross, but we fully anticipate him joining our squad.”

Schmid, the winningest coach in league history and the only coach the Sounders have known since joining MLS in 2009, led Seattle to the playoffs in each of his seven full seasons. This year, however, the Sounders are lingering in ninth place and out of the playoff picture with a 6-12-2 record and 20 points.

“We agreed it was a reasonable time to part ways,” Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer said. “That takes absolutely nothing away from what he has done for this club. He won a bunch of trophies for us, he won a lot of games, he had a lot of success. But the results just weren’t there this year.”

Schmid led the Sounders to four U.S. Open Cup titles and the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2014. That success did not translate into the playoffs, as the team never reached the MLS Cup. Overall, the Sounders were 115-79-56 in his tenure and rank second in the MLS in winning percentage during that span.

The Schmid Era

A look at the Sounders under coach Sigi Schmid:

Year

W-L-D (MLS)

MLS playoffs

Other

2009

21-7-11

First-round loss

Won U.S. Open Cup

2010

14-10-6

First-round loss

Won U.S. Open Cup

2011

18-7-9

First-round loss

Won U.S. Open Cup

2012

15-8-11

Second-round loss

2013

15-12-7

Second-round loss

2014

20-10-4

Second-round loss

Won U.S. Open Cup

2015

15-13-6

Second-round loss

2016

6-12-2

Ninth place (top six make playoffs)

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