Seattle announces Schmid to return as coach

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid applauds as he leaves the field after the first game of the Western Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup soccer playoffs against the Portland Timbers, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Seattle. The Timbers won 2-1 in the first of the two-game aggregate playoff series. Photo: KPUG/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle announces Schmid to return as coach

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders have announced that Sigi Schmid will return as head coach in 2014.

The club announced the decision in a statement from majority owner Joe Roth on Thursday morning. Schmid’s status had been in doubt after the Sounders flopped at the end of the season, going winless in nine of their final 10 games, and were ousted in the MLS Western Conference semifinals by Portland.

Roth says there is “no question Schmid is the right man to lead our club.”

Schmid has been the only coach in team history. He’s led Seattle to the postseason in each of his five seasons and won a pair of U.S. Open Cup titles. But the Sounders have been unable to match expectations in the MLS postseason, only once reaching the conference finals.

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