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Sounders manager, Brian Schmetzer, has found nothing but success in Seattle. Being a local from the area, he has certainly seen his fair share of striking gold in the Pacific Northwest. From watching the 2001 Seattle Mariners win 116 games in a single Major League Baseball season to the super bowl winning Seattle Seahawks, even the three-time champion Seattle Storm can be seen as an inspiration for Schmetzer. But whether as a player or coach, gold has always been found for Schmetzer.
In his playing career, Schmetzer played for the Seattle Sounders in the North American Soccer League after graduating from high school. But his first taste of glory was with the San Diego Sockers in the Major Indoor Soccer League where he won three titles in the four years he played with the team. Schmetzer’s success as a coach far exceeds his short playing career.
Schmetzer was a young coach who took over for the revamped Seattle Sounders in 2001. This was before Major League Soccer and before soccer in the United States was really relevant. He agreed to take a job in the A-League where he finished the season with a 23-4-1 record and took the all the way to the championship game against the Montreal Impact in 2014. The team would lose that game but come back the following year to beat the Richmond Kickers, who were undefeated, to take their first league title.
Seattle, who has just won the championship a couple of weeks ago, has now been in the final three out of the last four years. Schmid had never gotten them past the conference final. So what makes Schmetzer different and how does he find success?
Schmetzer continues to find success and makes winning look easy at this point. In his 3 ½ seasons with the Sounders, he has 59 wins, 36 losses, and 29 draws. In his time as an assistant and head coach he has won the A-League championship, the USL championship, four U.S. Open cups, one Supporters Shield and now two MLS Cups. The league will continue to count out Brian Schmetzer’s Sounders year in and year out because he does not have the talent of LAFC or the coaching ability of Toronto. But what the Northwest man will tell you time and time again. He does not need that kind of praise. Everything he does is for the city, for the club, and for the fans. His blood runs Rave Green, his heart pounds with the claps at the beginning of every match. His passion for this city knows no bounds, his intellect for the game continues to grow and his love for this team will live and die in Schmetzer. While he may not have a lot of personalities, he will not care. He’s got plenty of silverware to prove his results, and Brian Schmetzer is only getting started.