With the drumbeat of questions over the performance of Seattle Sounders FC growing louder by the day, the club finally pulled the trigger and “mutually” got rid of Schmid today before they fired him.
Here’s the curated Twitter reaction:
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) July 26, 2016
Siggi Schmid has 8 consecutive winning seasons since 08, & was by far longest serving coach of any #MLS expansion team in lg history.
— Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey) July 26, 2016
ECS would like to thank Sigi Schmid for leading the Sounders to 7 straight playoffs, 4 US Open Cups and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield. #EBFG
— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) July 26, 2016
I always love "mutually agreed" whenever a coach is fired. Sounds better than "security escorted him out"
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) July 26, 2016
Garth Lagerway was named @SoundersFC GM in Jan. 2015. In essence, his job really starts today.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 26, 2016
End of an era. Sigi Schmid is out at Seattle. Big decision looms for next hire – Bruce Arena at end of the year?
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) July 26, 2016
@Winner_MLS Sigi will get another job if he wants one. He's 63 — by comparison, (and I know they love being compared), Bruce Arena is 64.
— Andy Winner ️ (@Winner_MLS) July 26, 2016
@donruiztnt LA would be lucky to get Sigi as a coach as they launch their franchise.
— Occasional Photog (@CoulterChris) July 26, 2016
I will have more on Sigi Schmid leaving Seattle in Thursday’s column
Chelsea released its travel roster for the tournament this morning:
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begović, Thibault Courtois, Jamal Blackman
Defenders: Branislav Ivanović, Gary Cahill, John Terry, César Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Baba, Matthew Mizaga, Michael Hector, Ola Aina
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Nemanja Matić, Willian, Kennedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kanté, Nathaniel Chalobah
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Pedro, Juan Cuadrado, Loïc Rémy, Diego Costa, Michy Batshuayi, Bertrand Traoré, Victor Moses
And a couple of hours after the deadline for the column, Leicester City announced a fan meet and greet event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 27 at Niky’s Sports, 11807 Santa Monica Blvd. Foxes fans can meet the team and pose with the EPL trophy.
The first-ever visit to Southern California by Liverpool FC will see the club host a free fan fest at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood, the day before the Reds play Chelsea at the Rose Bowl.
From the press release:
The event, which will be open to over 1000 attendees, will feature a visit from Liverpool FC Ambassadors Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Gary McAllister and Legend Luis Garcia. The Legends will take part in a meet and greet with fans as well as an on stage Q&A, and a raffle hosted by LFCTV.
The evening will also feature a nod to Liverpool’s other greatest export, with a performance by a Beatles Tribute Band. A fitting homage to the famous Liverpudlians, given the Avalon Hollywood was the venue of their first ever West Coast performance in 1964.
ESPN has announced that it will televise all 21 ICC games live.
Failure is far more common than success as even the likes of top-tier soccer nations like Argentina, England and Mexico have discovered — and puts public frustration with the U.S. Men’s National Team into perspective.