Sounders sign coach Sigi Schmid to multi-year extension
The Seattle Sounders have signed coach Sigi Schmid to a multi-year extension, owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer announced on Thursday, according to The Seattle Times.
Terms of the extension were not disclosed, but Hanauer said the teal will keep Schmid as Sounders coach "for the foreseeable future."
Seattle finished with an MLS-leading 64 points this season and won the Western Conference, which Hanauer said was far tougher than the East, according to the Times. The Sounders reached the conference finals before falling to the LA Galaxy on an away goal.
"It’s very hard to take a good team and make it a special team," Hanauer said. “That takes a really special coaching year."
Schmid has coached the team since its inaugural season in 2009. The Sounders have made the playoffs every year and have won four U.S. Open Cups.
In August, Schmid won his 200th career game, becoming the first MLS coach to do so. He previously coached both the Galaxy and the Columbus Crew.
- Molly Geary