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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One of the most important players for Seattle Sounders – Fredy Montero – is set to return to Columbia at least for a period of six months after his club recently agreed a loan deal with Millonarios. The player will initially be joining the club on a six-month loan deal and it will be interesting to see if he will extend his stay at Columbia. The 25-year-old striker has been one of the best players for Seattle Sounders. He will now help Millonarios in their efforts to win the Copa Libertadores after the club only recently had success in the Primera A.
The Millonarios managing director Eduardo Silva has revealed that everything has been settled between the two clubs, but nothing has been cleared yet on paper. He expects the paperwork to be done in the next few days, which will see Fredy Montero officially become a Millonarios for the next six months. Montero recently experience with disappointment with Seattle Sounders after they failed to make it into the MLS cup final after coming so close. They were eventually beaten by the winners LA Galaxy, who went on to lift the title for the second time. Eduardo Silva revealed that the club plans to keep Montero for the entirety of the Copa Libertadores and also for the two league titles.
“Everything is settled on word, but there are some papers needed to finalize the transfer. The club’s desire is to have the player throughout the year 2013 – Copa Libertadores and two league tournaments – although there are some clauses where (Seattle Sounders) want to have him back after six months,” said the managing director of Millonarios, Eduardo Silva. The player managed to score 13 goals in just 37 appearances for the MLS club last season, which was his best scoring season so far.