By John Boyle
Following a season that saw the Sounders collapse down the stretch and barely make the playoffs, only to lose to rival Portland in the conference semifinals, there was a lot of speculation that coach Sigi Schmid might lose his job. Then on Monday, general manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer said he and majority owner Joe Roth would sit down with Schmid to discuss the coach’s future.
On Thursday, the team announced Schmid will be back in 2014. Here’s the statement from Roth:
“Adrian Hanauer and I met to review all team aspects of the organization. After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club. While we are not happy with the way we finished, Sigi’s resume and accomplishments speak for themselves. We have been to the playoffs five-straight years, one of just three teams to have done that. Once you make the tournament you give yourself a chance to win the MLS Cup. Sigi has won two MLS Cups and it won’t be long before he does it here in Seattle. We continue to strive for excellence and we will do everything we can and give him all the resources possible to make that a reality.”