Many were sceptical about the appointment of Brain Schmetzer as a replacement for Sigi Schmid.
Regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the MLS,Schmid will always be a hard man to replace. However, Schmetzer seems to be doing a fine job so far. Since taking over the club in August 2016, he was under a lot of pressure to deliver instant success, and this was in the form of qualifying for the MLS Cup play-offs and potentially winning the title. He seems to have done everything asked of the team and the club’s recent form has been a major factor in Seattle Sounders sneaking in at the last moment.
Schmetzer says that the team were in a very difficult situation when he took over, and that they needed to win all of their matches in order to stand any chance of qualifying for the play-offs. However, it is exactly what the team did as they failed to win only two games since the middle of September. They also suffered only one defeat – against FC Dallas – during this period. Continue reading “Brain Schmetzer Expects Same Winning Mentality in the Play-Offs”
Seattle Sounders recently appointed Brian Schmetzer as the interim coach of the team.
This was following the exit of long-standing coach Sigi Schmid from the club. Even though Seattle are not happy with the waySchmetzer is only on an interim basis, the club have little choice left at the moment. They have to find a way to reinvigorate the team in the remainder of the season so that they could at least finish in the play-offs. At the moment, Seattle Sounders are struggling in the eighth spot but only four points away from the play-offs.
In order for the club to recover their league position,Schmetzer is aware that he needs to have the help from his best players and this definitely includes Clint Dempsey. The former Tottenham and Fulham star was recently sidelined with suspected irregular heartbeat. This serious condition could threaten his career. The complex nature of the situation also has prevented many from speaking about Dempsey’s potential return date.Schmetzer was also of the same opinion when he was put forward the question of Dempsey returning to the squad. He said that the doctors were a more reliable source of information and he suggested the media to ask the questions at the physicians.
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One of the longest standing associations in the MLS has come to an end after manager Sigi Schmid decided to majorly part company with Seattle Sounders.
Schmid is regarded as one of the best coaches in the MLS. Seattle Sounders have been able to keep hold of him for the last eight years. However, continued poor form in the 2016 MLS campaign has brought this relationship to an end. The club has revealed that assistant manager Brian Schmetzer will be appointed on an interim basis until a permanent solution is found. The separation appears to be amicable as Sounders Owner Adrian Hanauer thanked the manager for his invaluable contribution over the years.
One of the biggest achievements ofSchmid during this period will be qualifying for the MLS play-offs for the last seven consecutive years. He has also led Seattle Sounders to the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield and several other U.S. Open Cup titles. However, he leaves the club after having been part of 20 matches in the regular season. The club are currently ninth in the Western Conference table after having taken only 20 points. It is extremely difficult for the club to now finish in the play-offs. This season has been one of the worst in recent memory for Seattle Sounders.
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