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Sounders retain Schmid: "Accomplishments speak for themselves," majority owner Joe Roth says

Here is the statement from Sounders majority owner Joe Roth regarding the decision to bring back Sigi Schmid for a sixth season as head coach:

“Adrian Hanauer and I met to review all team aspects of the organization. After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club. While we are not happy with the way we finished, Sigi’s resume and accomplishments speak for themselves. We have been to the playoffs five-straight years, one of just three teams to have done that. Once you make the tournament you give yourself a chance to win the MLS Cup. Sigi has won two MLS Cups and it won’t be long before he does it here in Seattle. We continue to strive for excellence and we will do everything we can and give him all the resources possible to make that a reality.”

Schmid was signed as the first coach of Sounders FC on Dec. 16, 2008. Over his five seasons in Seattle the Sounders’ have gone 74-44-44 in the MLS regular season. The Sounders join Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy as the only team to have made the playoffs each of the past five seasons. However, his teams have gone 4-7-2 in the postseason, and have advanced past the conference semifinals only in 2012.

His just-completed fifth season ended with a 5-3 aggregate-score elimination in which the Sounders lost the home and away legs to rival Portland in the Western semifinals.

Over an MLS career that dates to 1999, his 187 wins are tops in MLS history, 28 ahead of Bruce Arena of the Los Angeles Galaxy. His teams have won nine major titles, including three Open Cups in Seattle and MLS Cups and Supporters Shields with both Los Angeles and Columbus. He is the only coach to have won MLS Cups with two different cities. He was named MLS coach of the year in 1999 with L.A.

Here is his career biography from the club.