If you were watching the New York Red Bulls-Montreal Impact match on Wednesday night or happened to be on Twitter around the same time, you were probably a little shocked to hear a seemingly crazy rumor involving two teams that had basically nothing to do with the match: That the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC were discussing the possibility of effectively swapping coaches.
Sources tell Shep Messing that Sigi Schmid could go to manage #NYCFC, Kreis a fit w #Sounders. Mentions Porter could be on move at #RCTID— Dave Martinez (@EmpireOfSoccer) October 8, 2015
On its face, it seemed like a case of "connecting the dots"; Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey worked with Kreis at Real Salt Lake and Schmid has shown an ability to figure out how to utilize talented players regardless of "system." But it all kinda falls apart after that. Even if Kreis is on his way out in New York and Schmid were to leave the Sounders, there's a host of reasons on all sides that neither coach is such an automatic fit at the other team.
Among those reasons: Schmid has shown no interest in moving to the East Coast and would probably want more say in personnel matters than Kreis appears to enjoy; while Kreis may be a decent candidate, the Sounders would almost surely explore their options including coaches on the current staff.
Even though it seemed like a wild rumor, we asked the Sounders to comment anyway since enough people were talking about it. Here's what a spokesperson for the team said: "There's no credibility to these rumors."
So, there you have it. You can officially stop wondering.