Two days after Sigi Schmid was fired as coach of the Seattle Sounders last summer, dozens of the team’s most fervent supporters packed a sports bar a few blocks from the Sounders’ stadium to thank him for putting the city on the MLS map.
A couple of hours into the emotional evening, the fans asked the media to leave so they could talk to the coach privately. And while much of what was said that day has faded from memory, Schmid said the gesture remains vivid in his mind.
“That was something I’ll never forget,” he said Friday. “It was something that has a very special place in my heart.”
So does Seattle, where Schmid served as midwife for an MLS expansion team he guided...