I got to spend a few minutes with Sounders FC assistant coach Brian Schmetzer after Monday’s practice. The Seattle native was, of course, in the mix for the head coaching job at FC Dallas over the offseason, a job that eventually went to Oscar Pareja.
Schmetzer had also interviewed to be the head coach of the Montreal Impact when the Canadian club joined MLS in 2012 as an expansion franchise, but that job went to Jesse Marsch.
So is Schmetzer starting to get frustrated or impatient after getting passed over again?
“No,” he said. “I have a really good job. It’s a great organization. (GM/owner Adrian Hanauer) has been a very, very, very good boss to me. ‘Impatient’ wouldn’t be the word I’d use. There is going to be expansion, there are going to be teams and there are going to be opportunities. I was just always looking for the right one.
“I can afford to be selective, and I thought Dallas was one of those jobs were the pieces were in place to be perhaps the right fit. It wasn’t, because they didn’t offer me the job, but my buddy (Fernando Clavijo, technical director) being there, and I like the team, and George John and I have a relationship, so there were a lot of things in there that made it an attractive interview.”