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Gonzalo Pineda turns down D.C. United job, report says

Likely means that Pineda will return to Sounders bench.

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Gonzalo Pineda will likely be returning to the Seattle Sounders bench after talks between him and D.C. United broke down. According to a report in the Washington Post, Pineda was offered the job but the two sides could not come to terms. With Brian Schmetzer reportedly having agreed to terms on a new contract, Pineda’s status was the biggest question mark in terms of keeping the coaching staff intact.

Pineda had been one of several finalists for the position, joining the likes of former New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas and former USWNT manager Jill Ellis. There are also indications that former U.S. international Steve Cherundolo could be under consideration for the job.

While he apparently didn’t get this job, it seems only a matter of time before the 38-year-old eventually gets a head coaching gig. Pineda has been Brian Schmetzer’s top assistant for the last four seasons and helped lead the Sounders to three MLS Cup finals in that time. He has also reportedly been considered for a couple different Liga MX jobs, most prominently for Pumas UNAM.

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