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GM says Sounders negotiating new deal for Sigi

With Obafemi Martins now wrapped up for the next few seasons, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer says most key Sounders are appropriately under club control for a while.

However, he said the club is trying to negotiate a contract extension with coach Sigi Schmid. Here's the response:

"For me he's the coach of the year. He's shown once again that changes can occur, that older dogs can learn new tricks. He's open to new ideas. He can be a little bit of a stubborn German like myself or Schmetzer or a bunch of the other Germans here, but his quality and his breadth of skill set in the MLS environment is to me top of the heap in our league.

"We've won another Open Cup -- which I don't care what other fans bases say: WHen they get eliminated they say they don't care about it, but the coaches, teh players, the fans, the owners all care about it. It's convenient to say you don't care about it once you get eliminated. So the fact that we've won those four Open Cups is a massive accomplishment. And to have the consistency that this organization has had over those six years again is a testament to Sigi's quality and the quality of the entire staff.

"And then Supporters Shield, which again some fans might not recognize as the biggest prize in MLS, but for my money it's the most difficult prize to win. The consistency over a (10) month period starting from training camp in January to the end of October.

"So: yes and yes. We're speaking with Sigi at this point and very enthusiastic and encouraged about the prospect of retaining him for more years."

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