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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Seattle Sounders have experienced yet another defeat in their Saturday game against LA Galaxy.
This is the 10th defeat of the season so far, and Seattle Sounders will be frustrated by the outcome of the match. Indeed, this was a game that they managed to dominate from the start and failed to score a goal.
This has become a usual pattern for Seattle Sounders where they manage to take control of a game without being able to score a goal. Against LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders had 22 shots on goal with 16 of those coming inside the LA Galaxy box. With these kinds of occasions, they should have at least get a goal.
Unfortunately for them, it was LA Galaxy that opened the scoring in the opening stage of the game. Indeed, Robbie Keane managed to score in the 15th minute to give LA Galaxy the lead. Since then, Seattle Sounders took control of the game and created opportunities one after the other.
Seattle Sounder’s coach SigiSchmid admitted that it was a frustrating defeat. He said that his team played well and created some good opportunities but failed to score the important goals. He said that he had nothing to complain as his players gave everything on the pitch. He believes that if they continue to play like this, they will sooner or later experience a change in their fortune.
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Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has indicated that the team will wait until the summer before making any investment decision.
He said that they are investigating a couple of players but will need to continue watching them before making any transfer dealings.
Sounders head coach SigiSchmid also said the same thing to the media. Schmid told reporters that he will have to sit down and analyze each player before making a decision about signing. He said that he is not going to buy new players just for the sake of buying and that the new players should really add value to the club.
It is expected that Seattle Sounders will be adding a couple of players to the team to help boost their chances of winning a trophy. Based on the comments of both the General Manager as well as the Head Coach, it seems that they already have made their choices, and they are just waiting for the right moments to finalize their deals. Continue reading “Seattle Sounders will wait until the summer before making transfer decisions”
Shinji Kagawa is starting to be an influential player again for Borussia Dortmund and is starting to show glimpses of what he had done in his first tenure at the club.
Kagawa had emerged as an absolute belter of a player at Dortmund in that two-year tenure and had attracted big clubs with his classy style of play.
He signed for Manchester United in 2012 which was thought to be a career defining move for him, but, it turned out to be otherwise as he failed to progress any further at Old Trafford and probably went in the backward direction instead.
When he rejoined Dortmund the previous summer, he was only a fraction of the player which he was when he had left the club and there were concerns among his well wishers regarding where his career was going.
But, of late, that is in 2015-16 Season, it’s been a different story for Kagawa.
It would probably be an overstatement to already say that the Japan international is at his best now, but, it can be safely said that he has been playing far better this season than he had been playing in the past couple of seasons.
The Dortmund Chairman Michael Zorc is also a happy man to see Kagawa delivering.
He applauded the playmaker while speaking to media recently.
Zorc said, “Shinji is setting up goals more frequently than before which is very, very good news. He has become vital to us again.”
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