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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid speaks about LAFC speculation

Sounds unlikely, but seems like the door isn't necessarily closed for the Hall of Fame coach.

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Former player and current television analyst Shep Messing dropped a big rumor bomb on Wednesday during halftime of the New York Red Bulls win over the Montreal Impact. Messing said he had information from sources at three clubs that:

  • Current New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis could leave that club and go to the Seattle Sounders
  • Current Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid could leave that club and go to NYCFC
  • Current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter could leave that club and return to a college coaching job
Needless to say, it was quite a report. Given the bombshell nature of it, especially the Sounders-NYCFC swap report and the coaches involved, it would likely be a turning point in MLS history if it went down.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, all three teams denied Messing's report on Thursday, as reported on MLSsoccer.com. I guess we'll see how that plays out.

But of more relevance to a local audience, Schmid was asked about speculation he could move to MLS expansion side LAFC and he commented on that:

"LA is not until 2018, for one," he said. "Secondly, I love it up here in Seattle. I'm really enjoying myself here and my time here. There's nothing I want to do more than deliver an MLS Cup to the fans here."

That sounds like we shouldn't be penciling him in as the coach when the team takes the field, but...there's a little bit of wiggle room in his comments that don't mean it's impossible.

Why the link between Schmid and Los Angeles? He grew up in the area, played for and coached UCLA, and coached the LA Galaxy for several years. He's also won the most trophies of any MLS coach in history, was considered a legend of the college coaching ranks before moving to the pros, and was just elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

At the same time, Schmid is 62 and recently faced some health issues, and one wonders if he's really interested in the massive undertaking of bringing another team to MLS. Nonetheless, it's pretty intriguing - unless he does go to NYCFC, I suppose.

What do you think? Any chance Schmid is a legit LAFC coaching candidate in a couple years? Leave a comment below!