Coach Sigi Schmid announced today that he will turn the coaching responsibilites over to No. 1 assistant Brian Schmetzer on Satuday.
"There's nothing that I'd rather be at than a Sounders game," Schmid said, "With the exception that my son is getting married on Saturday."
That's just the start of a huge week for Schmid, who on Monday will go to the White House where last season's MLS champion Columbus Crew will be honored by President Obama.
Schmetzer was the longtime coach of the USL-1 Sounders.
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Schmid on his adventures ahead:
"I will not be available for comments tomorrow or the game Saturday. There's nothing I'd rather be at than a Sounders game with the exception that my son (Kurt Schmid) is getting married on Saturday. Last year my daughter got married, I ended up missing the Columbus – Chicago game. So I'm going to be missing the game on Saturday because of his wedding.
"And then on Monday, Ezra (Hendrickson) and myself, and I think Brad Evans is going to be allowed to go from the national team as well – the Columbus Crew of last year is going to the White House. They were nice enough to still invite me. I want to meet (President Barack) Obama. (Assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson) wants to know where his first installment is, he's waiting on his check. So Ezra's going to ask about the check and I'm supposed to ask for (keeper coach Tom) Dutra because Dutra wants his installment of the stimulus package. So we're trying to get the stimulus package a little more involved in Seattle.
It's going to be a lot of traveling. I'm flying down to northern California. He's getting married in northern California, so I fly down this afternoon. That wedding Saturday, then on Sunday fly to somewhere close to D.C., then get in to D.C. on Monday, do that and then fly back here Monday night, so it's a lot of time on flights."
In other Sounders news:
Midfielder Freddie Ljungberg (hamstring) is expected to play Saturday. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) practiced Thursday, but his game status hasn't been determined.
And finally, grandstand tickets for Seattle's U.S. Open Cup semifinal July 21 vs. Houston at Starfire Sport Stadium in Tukwila sold out within hours of going on sale Thursday. A limited number of tickets for uncovered areas remain.