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Brian Schmetzer 'staying in Seattle', according to Sounders

ESPN reporter Jeffrey Carlisle effectively walks back some of his earlier reporting suggesting FC Dallas was starting to focus on the Sounders assistant.


One of the Seattle Sounders' strongest links to their past will apparently be remaining with the team. Somewhat walking back some of his earlier reporting, ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle now says the Sounders have told him that assistant coach Brian Schmetzer won't be taking the FC Dallas head coaching job.

While Sounders officials have confirmed that Schmetzer interviewed the job, Carlisle had suggested that the former NASL Sounders player and USL Sounders coach was "gathering momentum" for the FC Dallas position after Guillermo Barros Schelotto had dropped out. Schmetzer has a long history for FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo, as both a player and coach.

Although he apparently won't get this job, it seems only a matter of time before Schmetzer gets a chance to be boss somewhere. He was among the most successful USL coaches and was considered for the position when the Sounders moved to MLS. Since taking a job on Sigi Schmid's staff, he's done nothing to hurt his chances as the Sounders have made the playoffs every year due in no small part to Schmetzer's work in preparing the team.

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