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Sigi Schmid to join ESPN as studio analyst

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Schmid will be in the studio the next two weekends, but is still looking for a coaching job.

MLS: LA Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

After his “mutual parting of ways” with the Sounders in July, former head coach Sigi Schmid has laid fairly low as he searches for the next step in his career. It seems he found that next step, even if it’s a short-term one: as an in-studio analyst, first for ESPN’s MLS coverage this weekend, and then for the league’s streaming coverage of the last day of the regular season.

The Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz reports that Schmid will join ESPN’s coverage of this weekend’s doubleheader matches, the first between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact and the second between the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids. Schmid will then contribute to the streaming coverage that MLS does for the final day of the regular season’s simultaneous matches between every team in the league.

Schmid told the Times that he hopes to provide a unique point of view, since not too many American coaches do commentary in MLS. “That’s a perspective sometimes soccer fans don’t get,” Schmid said.

While the position seems a natural fit for Schmid, he also made sure to note that he sees it only as a temporary situation. He also did similar work between his jobs with the LA Galaxy and the Columbus Crew.