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Schmid to Sounders

Sigi Schmid, the MLS coach of the year who guided Columbus to its first league championship, is off to Seattle to lead the expansion Sounders. Read about it here. Not a big surprise, for Schmid had wanted to return to the West Coast. (Though, as of two days ago, one of my L.A. spies tells me a Crew flag was still flying outside Schmid's Manhattan Beach house.) Top assistant Robert Warzycha is the clear choice to replace him in Columbus and maintain some continuity from the championship season.

Thoughts on Seattle's hiring and the Crew's loss?

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2008; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Absolutely stupidity by the Crew. They had a well-constructed team with outstanding play and decent depth. They spread around the scoring (finishing by committee) as they never did acquire the great goal scorer they had lacked the two previous years. But I see the "house" being demolished.

Oh, there is still a lot of talent there. But they lose Schmid. They lose Marshall (and that's a HUGE loss). They lost Evans (who was a big reserve for them--a guy they could start and not lose much). They'll clearly be a good team next year. But I think that's just enough change on a team that depended on being a good TEAM to win games (rather than...kick the ball out to Ruiz or Moreno or Angel and expect them to find a way to score or make something happen).

Posted by: JoeW1 | December 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Good for Sigi and good for everyone.
I rather suspect Columbus made it easy for him to leave understanding his desire to go back West and like as not Sigi asked, and they agreed to have Warzycha replace him. Meanwhile, Seattle get a happy coach who is good, very good at building solid teams and Columbus limits disruption in their house.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | December 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Sounders
you'll see

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 11:56 PM

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Everybody wins.

Posted by: Reignking | December 10, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Good for the Sounders and their new coach. I wonder if he'll be rocking a Rave green Utilikilt on match days to go with his scarf.

Spies Steve?
maybe stalkers?
Nice!

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely stupidity by the Crew.

Posted by: JoeW1 | December 10, 2008 9:57 AM

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How is it stupidity if Sigi made up his mind to leave?

Posted by: beach3 | December 10, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Sure, it's unfortunate for Columbus. It's a somewhat satisfying storyline, though, in that Schmid was permitted time to build a team through a few not-so-successful seasons. He used the time wisely and took his team as far as it could go in this last season and he goes out on top. Seattle gets a coach with pedigree and who should be able to construct something in Seattle.

Plus he doesn't look better than Drew Carey, which I heard was one of the requirements for the job.

Posted by: Modibo | December 10, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Dude, I even found an image of Columbus fans in Utilikilts... How weird is that...

http://www.utilikilts.com/index.php?page_id=13#

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

That rule might explain Keller, but it doesn't explain Ljungberg.

Posted by: Section117 | December 10, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

crappy link, you gotta scroll through to find the Cowlumbus fans.
Sorry.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

reading the shawn mitchell article in the Columbus Dispatch, it mentions that Schmid had a non-compete clause in his contract for 2009.

here are the paragraphs with that detail.
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"One source with knowledge of Schmid's contract situation cited a non-compete clause in Schmid's Crew contract that could preclude him from coaching the Sounders or any other MLS team in 2009. The Crew has reportedly filed tampering charges against the Sounders.

"Something has occurred that has sort of made my decision for me," said Schmid. "It's in the league's hands"

Sounders technical director Chris Henderson deferred comment until today.
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it doesn't sound as if this is a done deal as of yet. i'm not familiar with the mls rules regarding compensation for hiring a coach under contract. or having an expired contract with language in it that has a non-compete clause.

anyone know if this type if this type of situation has happened before?

thanks.

Posted by: ChathamSquare | December 10, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@dadryan: prescient, as always. But you knew I was going to write this.

Good for Sigi, good for Seattle, not so good for Columbus, which didn't have a choice, really.

Petition starts here: Chest Rockwell for Crew head coach.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Schuster is available.

Posted by: Reignking | December 10, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

cs: didn't the Fire accuse nyrb of tampering with Osorio last season? It seems fairly obvious that if there is a tampering clause, Seattle probably crossed the line, heck the team is built, so far, like a Sigi team.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 10, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It's odd that they would have the expansion draft before having the head coach in place...

Posted by: Reignking | December 10, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me if the League is a single entity that a *no compete* clause wouldn't hold up if he went to Seattle right?
They're essentially hiring from within.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This is unfortunate for the Crew, but hardly 'absolute stupidity.' It wasn't until after the all star break that this team evolved into something that looked to be of championship quality. Perhaps in August, McCullers could have sat down with Sigi and made a major push to re-sign him. Maybe. But to claim - as some have - that making Sigi one of the best paid coaches in MLS (the rumored Seattle deal is $500k/year for 4 years) many months ago is rather dubious logic. At the beginning of the season, Sigi was quoted as saying he knew he'd be sacked if the team didn't start out well. So while it was one magical year here in Columbus, it's not as though it was clear, from early on, just how well it was going to turn out for this club. And that leaves aside the personal stuff; that for family reasons, Sigi really wants to be back on the west coast.

Personally, I wish him well. He re-built this team, gave us a championship, and a great bond developed between him and the Nordecke. He'll be missed, no question. That said, we are confident out here that Warzycha has earned his shot to be an MLS head coach. To me, the potential loss of Chad Marshall is a bigger deal than losing Sigi. If McCullers, Warzycha et al get Marshall back in a Crew jersey next season, I'll be confident as we approach 2009.

Posted by: DouginCMH | December 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It's odd that they would have the expansion draft before having the head coach in place...

Posted by: Reignking | December 10, 2008 12:31 PM

Imagine Letoux's surprise if he becomes the Rod Dyachenko of the Sounders squad... I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now, but...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Considering the mans contract expired two weeks ago, how does any of this even matter?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 10, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves me, the last time Sigi won the MLS Cup, he was fired the next season. Good move for him to leave on his own terms.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 10, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

there goes any chance of a Columbus repeat

Posted by: douglasquaid | December 10, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Please, Sigi did a great job rebuilding, but he wanted to be on the West Coast.

Warzycha bleeds Black & Gold, and will do just fine, I think.

We still have Schelotto, Hesmer, Hejduk, Moreno, Rogers, Gaven, Ekpo, Carroll, and Moffat, Padula, & O'Rourke. That's 10/11 of our first XI and best offensive sub returning, IF Marshall leaves. 11/11 if he stays.

Losing Chad will be more of a loss than Sigi. If you think we won't be a factor next year, you are delusional.

Chicago: losing Conde, maybe Soumare, maybe Blanco.

Houston: Lost Jaqua. Barrett and Mulrooney anonther year older. Still will be solid.

New England: Just lost Parkhurst.

Chivas: Could lose Bornstein, Razov, and Galindo. Starting from scratch offensively.

Everyone will have loses, its an expansion year.

Posted by: TrueCrew | December 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

here goes any chance of a Columbus repeat

Posted by: douglasquaid | December 10, 2008 2:10 PM

If Steve Sampson managed it in LA after Sigi was sacked, and if Thomas Rongen did it with an inherited roster in DC, then I wouldn't be so quick to relegate the 2009 Crew to also-ran status quite yet. The Crew won this year because of Sigi, sure, but mostly because they have the best, deepest roster in MLS. Most of that roster is returning. As I said above, it all hinges on Marshall; if he returns, then Bobby Rifle has been given the reigns (well, assuming HSG hands them over to him) to a championship-quality club.

Posted by: DouginCMH | December 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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