Sigi is happy to be staying among friends, and the Sounders are happy to have him, according to quotes released today by the team.
Adrian Hanauer had this to say:
"We're proud to have Sigi as our Head Coach and are pleased to announce he'll be continuing his great work with us in Seattle," and "I've said it many times, but he's not only a fantastic coach, but a fantastic human being and a great person in the community."
During his 6-year reign, Schmid has made his commitment to the Sounders clear, and he clearly still feels he has work to do to bring in the ultimate silverware.
"There's nothing I want to do more than to bring an MLS Cup to this city and to these fans," added Schmid. "Knowing that I have the opportunity to continue to try and do that is something I'm excited about and I'm really looking forward to."
The Sounders brain trust has formed a close partnership, and all signs point to smooth sailing in the Sounders front office as the team comes off an incredible but not quite perfect year.
"It feels great. I was happy to come here in 2009 and I haven't regretted a moment I've been in Seattle," said Schmid. "It's great to continue to work in this organization - to work with Adrian, who is a friend, and to work with [Sporting Director] Chris Henderson, who is a friend as well. It's something I'm looking forward to and I'm extremely excited about."
You don't have to look far in MLS to find front office turmoil and turnover. These quotes are fairly standard, yes, and expected. But they're also a reminder if how fortunate Sounders fans are to have a functional and smart team behind the team.