Sigi Schmid to return as Seattle Sounders manager

Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid will return to the club in 2014 despite a disappointing playoff campaign that saw the club eliminated by rival Portland in the Western Conference semifinals.
Elaine Thompson/AP

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Sounders have announced that Sigi Schmid will return as head coach in 2014.

The club announced the decision in a statement from majority owner Joe Roth on Thursday morning. Schmid's status had been in doubt after the Sounders flopped at the end of the season, going winless in nine of their final 10 games, and were ousted in the MLS Western Conference semifinals by Portland.

Roth says there is ''no question Schmid is the right man to lead our club.''

Schmid has been the only coach in team history. He's led Seattle to the postseason in each of his five seasons and won a pair of U.S. Open Cup titles. But the Sounders have been unable to match expectations in the MLS postseason, only once reaching the conference finals.

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