Over their eight MLS seasons the Seattle Sounders have had remarkably little turnover in their first-team coaching staff; that may be slowly changing.
Several months after the team parted ways with former head coach Sigi Schmid, Ante Razov has left the Sounders for the LA Galaxy. Sounder at Heart was able to confirm the news first reported by Sam Stejskal. The Sounders are expected to name a replacement in the coming weeks.
Spotted at the Combine: Ante Razov in an LA Galaxy polo. Ex-Sounders assistant has left Seattle to join Curt Onalfo's staff.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) January 8, 2017
Razov was one of the shortest-tenured coaches on the Sounders staff, having been hired two years ago to primarily work with the forwards. Prior to joining the Sounders he coached in the Galaxy’s academy, following a playing career in which he was one of the most prolific scorers in MLS history. Razov was born in Southern Califirnia, played collegiately at UCLA and spent much of his pro career with Chivas USA.
The development of Jordan Morris into a reliable MLS forward probably stands out among Razov’s top accomplishments. It’s hard, however, to avoid the reality that the Sounders’ only forwards to score regular-season goals in 2016 were Clint Dempsey and Morris.
The 42-year-old was also just one of two coaches on the Sounders first-team staff who hadn’t been with the team since at least the inaugural MLS season, and had arguably the loosest ties to the club or the Pacific Northwest among anyone on the first-team technical staff. Djimi Traore was the only assistant coach with less time on the staff — being officially hired last season — but he had also played two years with the Sounders and had worked with S2 in 2015. Of the nine people listed on the technical staff, six have been with the Sounders since at least 2009.