It’s Sigi against his former team, the Columbus Crew, this week. I wrote about it for the paper.
Originally I had the following quote from Schmid in the story before it was edited out:
Because of the league rules, you don’t want to be accused of tampering or things like that so you can’t really stay in touch with the players,” Schmid said of his former team, “but obviously there’s a lot of players that I’ve known for a lot of years there.”
This is to say, reading between the lines, that Schmid was taking a bit of a swipe at the Crew for accusing Sounders FC of tampering charges involving the hiring of Schmid. You can read the details in the story, but no evidence was ever found.
Among the things Schmid has with him from the Columbus days (asst. coach Ezra Hendrickson and MID Brad Evans), he has continued the tradition of wearing a supporter’s group scarf for games.
Got a question about cautions. According to league info book, a player is suspended for one game after fifth caution, regardless of nature of infraction of yellow card. An additional three cards is another one-game suspension The “Good Behavior” incentive makes it possible for a player to have a caution expunged. If the player goes three games without a yellow, after an initial warning, the player will have a caution expunged.