Seattle Sounders sign head coach Brian Schmetzer to multiyear contract extension

The Seattle Sounders have signed head coach Brian Schmetzer to a multiyear contract extension, the membership introduced in a Monday launch.

The signing retains Schmetzer, a Seattle native, with the membership he has been affiliated with for a lot of his grownup life, relationship back to his enjoying days when he signed with the NASL iteration of the Sounders straight out of highschool in 1980.

Seattle have been a dominant force within the Western Convention below Schmetzer’s steering since he took over as head coach halfway by the 2016 season, going to 4 out of the last 5 MLS Cup Finals and successful in 2016 and 2019. Since he took over, the Sounders have amassed a 67W-37L-34D regular-season report and a blistering 15-4-2 mark within the postseason.

“Brian Schmetzer and I’ve an virtually 20-year historical past of working collectively. Though I by no means doubted Brian can be back in 2021 and past, I’m grateful that he’ll proceed to guide Sounders FC for years to come,” Sounders majority proprietor Adrian Hanauer stated in Monday’s launch. “Brian cares deeply for our membership and group, he has a deep understanding of our tradition and traditions, and nobody is healthier poised to construct upon the group’s latest success.”

Schmetzer, 58, coached the USL Sounders from 2001-2008 earlier than the membership’s 2009 leap to MLS, the place he remained on the teaching workers below Sigi Schmid from 2009-2016.

Following Schmid’s departure halfway by the 2016 season, Schmetzer was given the job on an interim foundation and was employed for the everlasting place after main the Sounders to their first-ever MLS Cup title. Seattle additionally gained MLS Cup in 2019 and finished because the runner-up in 2017 and 2020 with Schmetzer on the helm.

“It’s with great delight that I will proceed teaching a membership with such a wealthy historical past, successful custom and optimistic group affect,” Schmetzer stated. “I’d prefer to thank membership possession for this chance, in addition to all the present and former players, coaches and workers which have helped construct one thing right here I’m very happy with. Lastly, I’d prefer to thank the followers, who gasoline every thing we do inside this membership. Seattle is my home and I couldn’t be happier to be staying put.”

 

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