Brian Schmetzer

Seattle Sounders

Brian Schmetzer was a Seattle sports fan long before he was a player or coach

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Like many of you he loves Seattle and Seattle sports.

When you talk to Brian Schmetzer about Seattle and the fans he smiles. This is home. Before he was a player, and long before he was a coach, he was a Sounder. He remains a Sounder. He's been a fan of this club for quite some time.

It started, like so many stories of fandom, with his dad.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"You've got to figure out a way to make sure you can believe you can score. That will start a chain reaction and hopefully get us some results." -Brian Schmetzer

A familiar storyline repeated itself again Wednesday for the Seattle Sounders. The team played one very good half and one very poor half against Sporting KC.

Full health in attack opens up Brian Schmetzer’s tool box

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There are more attacking options than there are bench spots. That will help substitutes change the tactical structure of the team.

It took two months, but the Seattle Sounders attack is nearing full health. Long-ish injuries to both Aaron Kovar and Brad Evans are close to resolution. On Saturday against the New England Revolution, the club may have a full selection for the first time in 2017.

New-look Whitecaps not to be underestimated

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This includes Fredy Montero, who Brian Schmetzer calls a friend—except for 90 minutes on Friday

With just a few days to prepare for the next match, the first Cascadia matchup of the season away to Vancouver, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer downplayed any notions that their opponent would be an easy one.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I think there were a few guys who might have been a little hesitant to pull the trigger – we can't micromanage what they do because they are such talented guys, but we need to get a few more shots on target." -Brian Schmetzer

A scoreless draw at home is never an ideal result, and head coach Brian Schmetzer didn't exactly look pleased post-match.

Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"It was kind of a trap game in the sense of, ‘Are you going to get carried away thinking about last year?' The referee blows the whistle and all of a sudden you have to switch gears and say, ‘OK, we're 0-1-1.'" -Brian Schmetzer

Now it feels like the Seattle Sounders are getting into the higher gears.

This Sunday is for celebrating—but it’s also for winning

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Brian Schmetzer wants his players to soak in the home opener excitement—until the whistle blows

The Seattle Sounders are set for a historic home opener on Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the New York Red Bulls. The match is not only important because they get to unfurl their MLS Cup championship banner at home, but also because it mirrors their first ever MLS home opener exactly eight years later.

Brian Schmetzer keeps pressing the right buttons

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All three substitutes have positive influence on Sounders' come-from-behind draw.

It's tough to know what to make of a 2-2 road draw in which the Seattle Sounders needed a pair of late goals to pull out a point. On one hand, there were some frustrating defensive lapses and the Sounders got burned on the counter, again.

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact, recap: Something out of nothing

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Sounders create a miracle at the Big O and draw 2-2 in the 94th minute.

Will Bruin turned a nearly certain road loss into an incredible road draw. His goal in the 94th minute earned the Seattle Sounders their first point of 2016, securing a 2-2 draw. Seattle has yet to lead on the young year, has given up two goals before scoring in both games, and yet magic clearly exists.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.

Expect Jordan Morris to start against Houston Dynamo

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Also, Chad Marshall is totally fine, you guys.

After missing a preseason match and having a few practice sessions reduced, Jordan Morris is confident he will travel to Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo (Sat. March 4, 5:30 p.m., Q13 FOX). Asked directly about his ankle, the Seattle Sounders forward responded, "It feels really good.

Forecasting 2017, by the numbers

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The best of times; the worst of times.

The Seattle Sounders were not chasing the 2016 MLS Cup when the team parted ways with Sigi Schmid in July — at least neither players nor management could have reasonably expected, at the time, to win the league championship. Midseason coaching changes have a long and dismal history.

With Brad Evans out, who starts at right back?

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Even if Oniel Fisher passes concussion protocol by Saturday, he might not make the starting XI.

With just under a week left before the 2017 MLS season kicks off, the Seattle Sounders are faced with a selection dilemma that could put a wrench in Brian Schmetzer's plans to defend the club's first MLS Cup.

Know Your Schmetzer

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You may think you know everything about Schmetz. And maybe you do. But come Feb. 28 and hear stories for the first time at Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life.

Although we know a lot about Brian Schmetzer, come Feb. 28 it's certain we will know a lot more.

That evening Washington State Legends of Soccer is presenting Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life at The Market Arms in Ballard, and the lineup of guests promises to reveal a few more ingredients to the Schmetz special sauce.

Seattle Sounders vs. Atlanta United, Carolina Challenge Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"It just wasn't a very pretty soccer match" -Brian Schmetzer

It started in the first minute and didn't get much better for the Seattle Sounders team on the field to start the 4-2 loss to Atlanta United in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Two big defensive mistakes by trialists gifted Atlanta two quick goals, and the Sounders failed to put up much of a fight with the third-string lineup on the field.

Brian Schmetzer will get 'This is your life' treatment

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Washington State Legends of Soccer will host 'Brian Schmetzer: This Is Your Life' on Feb. 28 at The Market Arms. Admission is free.

It's pretty obvious why producers created the original This Is Your Life program. Someone attending a wake or memorial wondered why all the good tales are told a tad too late for the honoree.

2016 Player Profile #11: Andreas Ivanschitz

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The 2016 MLS Cup was Ivanschitz' first major trophy.

When the Seattle Sounders season started, he was the central playmaker. By the end of the year, Brian Schmetzer used Andreas Ivanschitz as his left winger and set-piece service specialist. Ivanschitz is now with Victoria Plzen, and the 33-year-old continues to be one of Austria's greatest soccer players.

San Jose Earthquakes

How the Sounders process heartbreaking results

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San Jose's injury-time equalizer was like a gut punch for the Sounders—but they have to move on.

Even though Saturday's match between the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes kind of felt like an inevitable draw, Nicolas Lodeiro's late goal for the Sounders seemed like the perfect snatch-and-grab by the away side.

Sounders want to shake things up in San Jose

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The Earthquakes have historically been a problem team for Seattle, and Brian Schmetzer wants to change that.

Four games into the 2017 season and the Seattle Sounders currently sit in sixth place in the West with five points. Considerably better than their 2016 start, but a little short of the expectations that come with winning the MLS Cup last season.

Clint Dempsey

Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack

It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.

Sounders vs. Red Bulls recap: Celebrations all over

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What started with the MLS Cup banner reveal ended with a second-half full of goals.

Anyone still harboring concerns over the potency of the Seattle Sounders offense in this early part of the season can breathe a bit easier. An early penalty by Clint Dempsey was followed by second-half goals from Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp, as the Sounders earned a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Plenty of encouraging signs in Sounders’ season-opening loss

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Joevin Jones' starring performance and Clint Dempsey playing 90 minutes two huge positives.

Of all the ways the Seattle Sounders hoped to begin their title defense, I think it can safely be said that the first half of Saturday's game was not one of them. The Sounders were roundly outplayed, looked sluggish and frankly like a team that wasn't quite ready to play meaningful matches.

Montreal Impact

Watercolor Recap: the Bruin charge

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When a tie feels like a win

In last weekend's road match versus Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders came back from the half ready to go for broke for some points. Brian Schmetzer is bold and cunning, bringing on the bear for a center back (!) as the final sub.

With stoppage time coming to a close, best friends Jorstian Mordan create a super dangerous chance, and the new guy is there to clean it up nicely.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact: Three Questions

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The two teams will play indoor soccer - in Stade Olympique - at 4:00 PM Saturday March 11.

Seattle Sounders FC continue their early season road trip with a journey to Quebec. The Montreal Impact and Olympic Stadium are hosting the Sounders at 4 PM on 11 March (JOEtv in Seattle, ROOT Sports outside of Seattle).

The Rest

DeAndre Yedlin on training with Sounders: ‘It’s my favorite club’

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The Newcastle defender is training with his hometown team at Starfire this week.

As the Seattle Sounders prepare for their home test against the Portland Timbers this weekend, they were joined at Starfire Sports by a familiar face: former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin. Fresh off his club Newcastle United's English Championship trophy and subsequent promotion to the English Premier League, Yedlin joined up with Seattle this week to keep his fitness up for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers with the US national team.

Sounders can ‘add any player we like,’ GM says

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Garth Lagerwey suggests at least two players are likely to be added in summer transfer window.

There won't be any significant changes made to the roster before the summer transfer window opens in July, but the Seattle Sounders continue to give very strong indications that some significant additions will be made over the summer.

‘Players coming’ in summer, Brian Schmetzer says

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Reinforcement are on the way, but Sounders have a lot of work to do before then.

The primary MLS transfer window closed on May 8 without the Seattle Sounders making any moves close to the deadline. Considering they have several open roster spots — including two on the senior roster that are still technically counting against the salary cap — it was a little surprising to see so little action.

Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City - Aftermatch Aftermath: The Pineapple Paradox

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After his Seattle Sounders lost 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City, head coach Brian Schmetzer gets a call he was dreading.

Brian Schmetzer sits down at his desk at Starfire, his window overlooking the quiet Duwamish amidst a day filled with some greys and blues. He sighs, exhausted after a week of travel and some less than stellar performances from his boys in the Rave Green.

We finally get to see Brian Schmetzer use squad rotation

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With three games in eight days the Sounders will need to use their healthy, but not fully-fit players in a rotation.

During last year's miracle run to win MLS Cup, Brian Schmetzer's changes to the starting XI were nearly always due to player health. He rode the squad hard, and it paid off. Most changes this year are also due to player health.

Sounders vs. Toronto FC, recap: Controversial penalty, ineffective offense combine for frustrating result

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In a fairly even match that could have gone either way, referee Jair Marrufo became the deciding factor in Toronto's 1-0 win.

SEATTLE — In a game set up perfectly for the Seattle Sounders to get their season back on track, they instead turned in one of their most frustrating performances of the Brian Schmetzer era.

Sounders’ backup defenders shine in LA victory

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Tony Alfaro and Jordy Delem have two clean sheets from two starts this season

When the Seattle Sounders headed down to LA to face the Galaxy last weekend, they were coming off of a tough away loss to Vancouver. In that match, former Sounder Fredy Montero scored twice against them, and the Sounders only pulled one back despite having stat advantages in possession and shots.

Roman Torres injury update: Hamstring, not knee cause for removal

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Seriousness of injury still undetermined, though.

The last time Roman Torres played at Avaya Stadium, he suffered an ACL tear that kept him out for nearly a year. Saturday's return wasn't quite as disastrous, but it wasn't exactly great either. (Editor's note: It turned out he played at Avaya last year in another 1-1 tie.

Playing out of the back is hallmark of Brian Schmetzer's Sounders

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It is one of the significant tactical changes the Seattle Sounders are undertaking this year.

Beating the New York Red Bulls' press is not easy. They want teams to clear the ball, or, even better for them, making a bad short to medium pass and turn it over. But the Seattle Sounders did not have those problems.

Where the Union stand

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We are three weeks into the MLS season. What fate lays in store for the Philadelphia Union?

Sounders’ new kit is ode to history

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And you will all get stars

It is fitting that Brian Schmetzer is head coach when the Seattle Sounders reveal their first-ever throwback kit. The new secondary uniform, officially known as the Heritage Jersey, is based on the kit he wore during the NASL era. The design, white with classic ‘80s teal blue trim and just a hint of green, is a departure from the Rave Green, Sounders Blue and Cascade Shale of past primary and secondary kits during the MLS era.

Major Link Soccer: Pie Scandal hits FA Cup

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The Roly Poly Goalie ate a pie, Schmetzer has a burden to bare, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

Seattle Sounder coach Brian Schmetzer has a burden to bear, repeating last year's unbelievable run. As good as the storybook ending of last season was, now can you take a younger team and do it again.

Major Link Soccer: Bob Bradley continues talks with LAFC

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It's starting to look likely. Also, lots of 2017 MLS kits to ogle, and can Atlanta United FC stop unwanted chants before they start?

Seattle

Celebrating Brian Schmetzer is always a good idea in our opinion, and Washington State Legends of Soccer seems to agree. February 28 at the Market Arms in Ballard, you can attend "Brian Schmetzer: This is your life.