There are always coaching rumors. Lose, and there are rumors you’re on your way out. Win, and there are rumors you’re on your way up.
Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has done a lot of winning over the course of his Hall of Fame career. And new rumors flickered to life across Major League Soccer this week with Shep Messing’s report of unidentified sources claiming that Schmid might be headed to expansion New York City FC.
Yes, NYCFC has a coach, but the sources solved that nicely by also reporting that current New York coach Jason Kreis was headed to Seattle, where he would be reunited with former Real Salt Lake boss Garth Lagerwey, now the Sounders’ general manger.
"I think they were started by Shep Messing, so I think that’s all you really need to say," Schmid said Thursday when asked about the report. I don’t know. There’s nothing I know about it, so what can I tell you."
Messing is a former NASL goalkeeper, and current color commentator.
His report didn’t go over any better on the other side of the country.
"I thought it was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded," Kreis said on the Empire of Soccer website. "I have no knowledge of that information at all. … I think that this is a tremendous challenge that we’ve embarked on, and I’m not ready to leave it. If it’s up to me – and maybe it won’t be up to me – I’m going to stay here and fight."
Other less specific speculation also has come up – and inevitably will continue to come up – linking Schmid with the LAFC expansion franchise that has been awarded to LA – where Schmid’s coaching career started and blossomed, first at UCLA and then with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Schmid was asked about that, too.
"L.A. is not until 2018, for one," he said. "And secondly, I love it up here in Seattle, and 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."