Naturally there were no Sounders named today, because none are among the three finalists for any of this season's awards.
I asked Schmid if there's anything that can be taken from that, especially since the team had a better record this season than last, but got multiple nominations last season.
"It’s just respect for our team is still not at that level, where it’s still considered an upstart team, an expansion team I think in a lot of people’s eyes," he said. "Some of the awards are interesting, obviously and I think all the people that got nominated are well-deserving of the awards. The only award I never understand is the comeback player of the year award. I thought that was coming back from an injury, but I guess sometimes it means coming back from a bad season. That’s the only award I don’t understand. All the other awards, I’ve got no problem with. Some years you’re up for awards. I think our players don’t care aobut the individual awards as long as we can continue to move forward in the playoffs."
I also asked if the lack of individual awards might also simply reflect that this Sounders team is less dependent on stars and more dependent on balance than the expansion version.
"Maybe a little bit of that," he said. "… But I think it also is a little bit of flavor of the day, flavor of the month. So, ‘Here’a new player, he got us excited; here’s another new player, he got us excited; Oh, here’s a guy from last year, so we’re not excited.' … Obviously you don’t expect a guy like (San Jose's Chris) Wondolowski to score 18 goals, so he’s up for MVP. I think we could have all gotten together and pooled a million dollars and never won that bet. And he had a great season, and he deserves to be up for the award. So a little bit of it is that. If (Fredy) Montero has a streak at the end of the year instead of the middle of the year, maybe he’s up for an award."