The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that manager Sigi Schmid is leaving the club by mutual consent after eight years at the club.
Schmid is the only manager the team has had in the MLS era, and the work now begins to find a replacement for the 63-year-old German. Brian Schmetzer will become the interim manager.
“Sigi Schmid has been an invaluable member of Sounders FC since the club’s MLS launch, leading our organization to numerous trophies and a consistent winning culture for seven seasons,” Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. “Sigi departs the club with our utmost respect and gratitude for his years of service. Ultimately the club and Sigi agreed that a change was needed at this time, but Sigi’s legacy will always be a part of our history. He has my sincere appreciation for all that he committed to our team and community.”
Schmid led the Sounders to four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles and seven consecutive trips to the playoffs. He leaves the Sounders sitting in 9th place in the Western Conference with a mere 20 points in 20 games.
“I want to thank Seattle Sounders FC for the opportunity to lead this club over the past eight years, with particular gratitude to Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth and the rest of the club’s ownership group. I’d also like to thank my coaches and technical staff for the support they’ve given me, and most importantly I want to thank my players for their tremendous effort throughout the years,” Schmid said.
“I’m proud of the success we’ve achieved in winning five major trophies in Seattle, qualifying for the postseason for seven-straight seasons. My only disappointment is that we were unable to bring home an MLS Cup to our tremendous fans, who have always been supportive through good times and bad. In closing, I want to thank the Sounders FC organization, the club’s fans and the city of Seattle for this amazing run.”