It’s for three years, at not much less than $500,000 per year, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Here’s Schmid talking about how he’s been so successful, from yesterday:
“I remember people saying to me when I was at UCLA, ‘Well it’s easy to recruit at UCLA when you get the best players.’ And I said, ‘Well, do I have to recruit bad players to prove I’m a good coach?’ I don’t think so. You try and find the best players that you can. Character is a very important element in that regard. How together a team is off the field. How good the locker room atmosphere is. Those are things that are important. Guys have a smile on their face when they come to work everyday. And if the backroom staff, the assistant coaches, everybody enjoys what they’re doing, that creates an environment that makes it a lot easier to win. That’s a philosophy that I’ve always tried to follow, and it’s worked out well, and I’ve had more successful players.”
That statement alone seems to fall right in line with the way Sounders FC as an organization is run, and the philosophy that it has.
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