It could have taken longer than anticipated, however Brian Schmetzer will stay with the Seattle Sounders for the foreseeable future, information that the Sounders made official with a Monday announcement that the two-time MLS Cup-winning coach has been signed to a multiyear contract extension.
It places to relaxation one of many preeminent storylines that had been hanging over Seattle all offseason. Schmetzer’s return to the sidelines for the Sounders had appeared like a foregone conclusion given their latest success throughout his tenure, however negotiations had trickled on all the best way up till Monday’s announcement formally confirmed the new deal.
Talking with reporters on a video name shortly after his extension was introduced, Schmetzer mentioned he’d mulled over the concept of pursuing different alternatives in MLS or elsewhere, however that in his thoughts there was by no means a doubt that his first alternative could be to stay along with his hometown membership.
“Seattle was at all times my desire,” Schmetzer mentioned. “That is the apparent reply. However there actually have been days the place I considered, ‘Okay, what if this does not occur? What if there is a chance that I’d critically take into account in one other market with a distinct membership?’
“The way in which the negotiations went over the course of time, yeah, there have been sure points there with COVID and the uncertainty of the best way the season performed out, however I am fairly pragmatic, I am fairly sensible. That is professional sports and nothing is ever assured. The query may be a query for the future. I’ve had ideas about that, however it’s clearly at all times been my first alternative to stay right here with the Sounders.”
“I’m very happy to have the ability to proceed my teaching career with the membership that’s so near my coronary heart.”
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— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 25, 2021
As for why the deal took so lengthy to get finalized? It is a query many followers have been asking themselves, however Schmetzer mentioned that there is not something extra to learn into it aside from delays that may typically come with the nice points of negotiations like this.
Sounders normal manager Garth Lagerwey had publicly said that he believed the perimeters have been aligned of their goal to deliver Schmetzer back within the weeks main as much as Monday’s announcement, and Schmetzer and majority proprietor Adrian Hanauer have a long-standing relationship relationship back to Schmetzer’s days because the coach of USL iteration of the membership.
“I believe there was negotiations that have been ongoing from the start, even earlier than COVID, and my consultant was doing his best and Garth and Adrian have to guard the membership,” Schmetzer mentioned. “Typically even the simplest negotiations can have little bumps within the highway. However clearly the end consequence and the smile you see on my face is that I am happy with the deal and I am simply glad it is accomplished and grateful we are able to start transferring on.”
I’m grateful for the chance Adrian gave me years in the past. Grateful to all of the players who’ve performed for the Club. Pleased with what my workers has achieved and honored by those that have come earlier than me. (R.I.P. Sigi) Due to all who work for the success of the Club…… #EBFG pic.twitter.com/JtsIo8vEov
— brian schmetzer (@brianschmetzer) January 25, 2021
Now that his future with Seattle is safe, Schmetzer will set his sights on main a Sounders team that may look fairly a bit completely different in 2021, each on the sphere and behind the scenes.
Along with a handful of offseason departures, last week star homegrown winger Jordan Morris accomplished a loan to English Championship side Swansea City and longtime sporting director Chris Henderson left to join the entrance workplace at Inter Miami CF, leaving the Sounders with out among the key cogs behind their latest run of 4 MLS Cup final appearances in 5 years.
What Seattle will appear to be on the sphere come the start of the 2021 season is one thing that can be established in preseason, however Schmetzer did tease the concept of making an attempt out completely different appears tactically than the 4-2-3-1 formation that has been his go-to for nearly all of his time teaching the team. One chance, Schmetzer mentioned, could be a two-forward set-up that may pair Will Bruin and Raul Ruidiaz up top, which might assist deal with Morris’ absence.
“We’ll wait and see, however I’ve toyed with that now for some time within the last couple years, making an attempt to get two forwards up top to provide Will Bruin extra deserved enjoying time, get somebody up there to assist Raul. If we do it, after we do it, actually that’ll be determined in preseason,” Schmetzer mentioned. “If it appears good, it’s going to be useful to have a separate formation. Away from home you might go a method, at home you might play one other. I am naturally fairly conservative with my teaching, 4-2-3-1 has form of been our base system, we have handled that. However there’s ‘no reason why we won’t experiment a bit and see what the primary half of the season appears like with out Jordan.”