Sigi Schmid’s firing by the Seattle Sounders last month may have made sense in the context of what appears to be that team’s worst season in their MLS history, but it is still a shocking reality in some regards. Schmid has won the most titles of any coach in the American modern era, including five trophies with the Sounders. But the end of the line came in the middle of this season.
Does that mean the 63-year-old is done with coaching? It doesn’t sound like it in an interview Schmid did with FourFourTwo’s Scott French on Friday, as he said, "I definitely want to continue coaching. I don't think the fire and passion is gone."
While Schmid noted he doesn’t think he would be a good general manager in MLS ("I would still think I'm better than the head coach") of note to Los Angeles Football Club fans is that Schmid made an unmistakable, if implicit, declaration that he was interested in being the head coach of the club, which will begin play in 2018.
"Certainly having grown up in Southern California and lived here and all my connections, having coached here for all those years, certainly that would be a very comfortable place and also a situation that I think could fit," Schmid said. "But at the end of the day, it's a decision that their ownership has to come to and feel good about as well, but for me, personally, in an ideal world, this could be a good situation.
"But the main thing for me is I want to coach. I want to have that opportunity again, and sometimes you can't be picky about that, because you've got to take the opportunity that presents itself to you."
Until LAFC hires a head coach, or until Schmid gets another coaching gig, it looks like he’s (public) candidate No. 1 at this stage for LAFC.
You can read the entire interview with Schmid at FourFourTwo, where he goes into detail of what went wrong in Seattle.
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