Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sigi Soccer Ist Kaputt.


In Columbus at least. (Pic via: Sam Fahmi, Studio 79)

According to Shawn Mitchell at the Dispatch, Sigi is Done With the Crew:
The Crew is expected to announce Wednesday that coach Sigi Schmid will leave the Crew after three seasons, according to one of multiple sources who confirmed Schmid will not return in 2009.

Schmid won the coach of the year award after leading the Crew to the Major League Soccer championship. Columbus defeated the New York Red Bulls 3-1 in the MLS Cup title game on Nov. 23 in Carson, Calif.

An agreement on a new contract could not be reached, however, and Schmid made no secret of his plans to explore other opportunities. He met with officials from the expansion Seattle Sounders last week. "I think the way things left off after the win in L.A. when Sigi brought us together seemed like a goodbye speech," Crew forward Alejandro Moreno said. "It was very heartfelt and we all got the message."

Schmid had expressed a desire to become one of MLS' highest-paid coaches and lamented the difficulty of travel to and from southern California, where his family, including his wife, Valerie, still reside.

Schmid was one of a trio of key parts to the Crew's championship run whose future was in doubt after the season. An option year on the contract of league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto was picked up by the Crew last week, but defender of the year Chad Marshall, also out of contract, is currently on trial with Mainz of the German second division.

Assistant coach and former Crew player Robert Warzycha is the top candidate to replace Schmid, who led the Crew to an MLS-best 17-7-6 record. Columbus was 34-33-25 during Schmid's tenure.


Don't get it? But, thanks to Sigi for the amazing year.

Expect the Robert Warzycha era to begin Wednesday.

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