Report: Brian Schmetzer returns as Sounders head coach

by Kevin Nesgoda

Lindsey Wasson / Sounders FC Communications

Lindsey Wasson / Sounders FC Communications

Two-time MLS Cup Champion Head Coach Brian Schmetzer is returning to the team that he led to those titles, according to SBI Soccer’s Ives Galarcep. Galarcep, citing sources, says Schmetzer has signed a new contract to stay at the helm of the Sounders. No financial terms were disclosed.

Re-signing Schmetzer was a priority for the team after he led them to four MLS Cup Finals, including the aforementioned two Cup victories, in five seasons.

Schmetzer, 58, was born and raised in Seattle, played for the original iteration of the Sounders for most of his twelve year career, and joined the team as an assistant coach in 2008. He was named head coach after the Sounders parted ways with Sigi Schmid in 2016, where he turned around a struggling team and put them on course for one of the biggest midseason turnarounds in MLS history, including leading the team to its first Cup victory that year.

With Schmetzer’s new contract now in place, the team can turn its attention to finalizing Joao Paulo’s transfer, and negotiating new contracts for defender Kelvin Leerdam and midfielder Gustav Svensson as they look to return to the MLS Cup yet again.

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