SEATTLE, WA – It was leaked several weeks ago, but today the organization officially announced that they have come to an agreement on a multiyear contract extension with Brian Schmetzer.
After taking the head coaching duties over from Sigi Schmid mid-way through the 2016 season, Schmetzer 67-37-34 regular-season record, as well as a 15-4-2 mark in the postseason. The Sounders have also gone to three MLS Cups, winning two.
“It is with great pride that I will be able to continue coaching a club with such a rich history, winning tradition and positive community influence,” said Schmetzer. “I’d like to thank club ownership for this opportunity, as well as all of the current and former players, coaches and staff that have helped build something here I’m very proud of. Lastly, I’d like to thank the fans, who fuel everything we do inside of this club. Seattle is my home and I couldn’t be happier to be staying put.”
Schmetzer’s tenure with the club began way before taking over in 2016. After graduating from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, he signed with the NASL Sounders in 1980. After his playing years were over, he became the head coach of the USL iteration of the club for seven seasons. He accumulated a 100-57-41 in that span including two USL-1 championships (2005, 2007), two Commissioner’s Cups for the league’s best record (2002, 2007), six playoff appearances in seven seasons and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal appearances (2007, 2008).
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— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 25, 2021
“I never had any doubt that Brian Schmetzer would be our Head Coach, but it’s exciting to officially announce his extension and get to work going forward,” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “Brian’s track record speaks for itself, and his connection to this club and this city is immeasurable. I look forward to the seasons to come.”
The news comes days after the departure of star Jordan Morris on loan to Swansea and former VP of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson to Inter Miami CF. To say the Rave Green needed a win this offseason was an understatement and re-signing their manager will help bring stability in a strange year.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.