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July 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Schmid signs contract extension potentially through 2015

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgAs Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid walked onto the field last night for an U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, he got a rousing ovation from the fans. It was the type of cheer you get when your team is dominating in all competitions.

Turns out the front office has noticed too. As such, the team has signed Schmid to a contract extension that could keep him in Seattle through the 2015 season.

“From the moment we hired Sigi I knew it was the right decision, and that he was the right man for this particular club,” said Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager, in a news release. “I feel that even more strongly today.

“Beyond the victories and the trophies won, Sigi possesses a strong, positive character and he has represented himself and this club with tremendous class and professionalism. Sigi is the right coach to lead us to more successes and more championships.”

Schmid, 58, was hired on December 16, 2008, and has led the Sounders to back-to-back playoff appearances and consecutive U.S. Open Cup championships in the franchise’s first two seasons.

A two-time MLS Coach of the Year, Schmid has the most regular-season wins (148-107-82) and postseason (19-10-5) in league history. His teams have won two MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields — for earning the best regular-season record — and three Open Cups.

The Sounders currently have the second-highest point total in the league and are on an eight-game unbeaten streak. Seattle advanced to the Open Cup semifinals Wednesday with a 3-1 win against the L.A. Galaxy.

“I have tremendously enjoyed my time so far in Seattle, and I’m excited about the opportunity to extend our relationship,” said Schmid in the release. “The experience has been better than anyone could’ve expected. What we’ve been able to accomplish in the three years — especially when compared to other expansion clubs — is a tribute to the commitment of the organization, and I am more excited and more optimistic than when I came here for the first time in 2009, because I think we will continue to make the franchise and club a better product from year to year.

“This has been a collaborative effort. Working with the ownership, our GM/owner Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson, has been very rewarding. The administrative support staff and especially the coaching staff have been phenomenal. They are very talented, they have worked extremely hard, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we move forward as a team.”

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