UPDATE: The move was formally announced on Nov. 9. Schmid will the Galaxy’s Director Player Personnel, essentially serving as his father’s top assistant in the front office.
Kurt Schmid has left the Seattle Sounders organization to join his father at the LA Galaxy, Sounder at Heart has confirmed. The move coincides with the Galaxy adding the title of general manager to Sigi Schmid’s role as head coach. The news was first reported by the LA Times’ Kevin Baxter. His exact role with the Galaxy was not immediately clear.
The younger Schmid had been with the Sounders organization since 2009. He was first hired as a scout — largely sharing that role with Chris Henderson — but this year had added the title of S2 general manager. Among his notable contributions to the Sounders was arguing to keep Roman Torres on their Discovery List, Garth Lagerwey told Goal.com last year.
“This is a guy that should be a general manager in the league at some point,” Lagerwey told Goal USA . “His knowledge of players is encyclopedic. He is a great employee, man, because he’s proactive. We send him all over the world scouting, and comes back with good information.
“He’s a guy who internally helps me with the salary cap, so he’s a numbers guy and a data guy as well, and I really value his judgement. He’s really been an important part of it, and you know people look at me and say, ‘Wait, Kurt Schmid’s still working there?’ And I’m like, ‘I can’t do without him, man.’”
Although Schmid had said part of why he stayed with the Sounders was to show his position was not entirely dependent on his name, it’s not entirely surprising that he’d choose to be reunited with his father, especially considering their family’s roots in Southern California.
Schmid’s departure leaves head coach Brian Schmetzer, goalkeeper’s coach Tommy Dutra, S2 head coach Ezra Hendrickson, and Sporting Director Chris Henderson as those remaining from the front office staff originally hired for the 2009 season. There is not an obvious candidate on the staff to replace Schmid, likely opening the door for a new hire from outside the organization.