Here’s what I submitted to our paper, which should be posted on our site very soon:
UPDATE: Here’s the link:
Sigi Schmid is officially a candidate to be named head coach of Seattle Sounders FC, a notion made clear by his appearance Thursday at Seahawks headquarters.
Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer met today and are expected to continue the discussion about the job Friday. Schmid, who coached the Columbus Crew to the 2008 MLS championship, is no longer with Columbus after his contract expired Sunday. This is his first meeting with Sounders FC executives.
Schmid met Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren after Seahawks practice and was present as Freddie Ljungberg, Sounders FC’s designated player, exchanged jerseys with Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Ljungberg is in town to take part in tonight’s fashion show unveiling of the Sounders FC uniforms.
Schmid, 55, coached the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer from 1999 to 2004. He’s guided the Crew the past three seasons, and has been head coach of the U.S. under-20 national team as well as at UCLA from 1980 to 1999.
Sounders FC is also in contract discussions with defender Jeff Parke, who is the only player the team chose in the expansion draft last week that is unsigned. Parke was also at Seahawks headquarters Thursday.
Couple of more things: Parke and former USL Sounders player Taylor Graham were hanging out at practice. Graham and Parke are former teammates and roomates with New York, and Graham was planning to take Parke to the uniform unveiling tonight. Parke can sign anywhere he chooses, even abroad, though his MLS rights belong to Seattle.
-Parke said he visited Qwest Field and likes the FieldTurf surface there better than at Giants Stadium, where his former team the Red Bulls play. He also said this is his first visit to Seattle.
-Ljungberg, on the Sounders FC kits after handing a rave green jersey to Hasselbeck: “They look very good, I think. I will be happy and proud to wear them.”
-Ljungberg got tips on how to hold a football, with his fingers between the laces, from Hasselbeck.