Brian Schmetzer
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Brian Schmetzer
Brian Schmetzer
Brian Schmetzer at Sounders Victory Rally, 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Brian Schmetzer
Date of birth (1962-08-18) August 18, 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seattle Sounders FC (manager)
Youth career
1970-1980 Lake City Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980-1983 Seattle Sounders 38 (1)
1980-1981 Seattle Sounders (indoor) 12 (4)
1983-1984 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 31 (8)
1984 Tulsa Roughnecks 20 (1)
1984-1988 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 149 (17)
1985 -> F.C. Seattle (loan) ? (3)
1988-1990 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 56 (17)
1990-1991 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 48 (9)
1994 Seattle Sounders
1995 Seattle SeaDogs (indoor) 9 (3)
Teams managed
1988-1989 Tacoma Stars (assistant)
1996-1997 Seattle SeaDogs (assistant)
2002-2008 Seattle Sounders
2009-2016 Seattle Sounders FC (assistant)
2016- Seattle Sounders FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Schmetzer (born August 18, 1962) is an American soccer coach and retired player. He is the head coach of the Seattle Sounders FC, who play in Major League Soccer (MLS), having been assistant coach for the team until Sigi Schmid's departure in 2016. Prior to that, he coached the Seattle Sounders in the USL First Division for seven seasons, winning two championships, and played in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and Western Soccer League for various Seattle teams.

Youth career

Schmetzer was born and grew up in Seattle where he attended Nathan Hale High School. He learned to play soccer under the tutelage of his father Walter, who coached him with the Lake City Hawks youth team and led them to multiple state championships. Walter, a native of Germany, had played in the German Third Division before immigrating to the United States in 1962, opening a sporting goods store in Lake City. Walter instilled a love for the game in Brian, who became an outstanding youth and high school player.[1][2]

Professional career


After graduating from high school, Schmetzer chose to forego college and signed with the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in June 1980.[3] He spent the 1980 season with the Sounders reserves before playing with the Sounders during the 1980-1981 NASL indoor season. In the 1981 Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup, he came on with eight minutes left in the game against Celtic, making his professional debut.[4] However, he saw no time in the 1981 regular season. Schmetzer debuted during the 1982 season, playing six games, and was later elevated to regular appearances in 1983. He scored his first goal for his club on June 25, 1983, during a 2-0 win over the San Diego Sockers at Jack Murphy Stadium.[5] Unfortunately, the Sounders folded at the end of the season in September 1983.[6] During his final season with the Sounders, coach Laurie Calloway called Schmetzer a "different player [than before]", praising his confidence and said that he believed that Schmetzer could become one of the top American players in the league.[7]

With the demise of the Sounders, Schmetzer moved to the Tulsa Roughnecks for the 1984 NASL season. However, the league collapsed at the end of the season.


Schmetzer moved again, this time to the San Diego Sockers. The Sockers had begun as an NASL franchise, but had twice spent the winter playing in Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). With the collapse of the NASL, the Sockers moved permanently to MISL. During the next decade they dominated the indoor game racking up championships nearly every season. Schmetzer was with the Sockers for four seasons, winning an MISL title in three of them.

Following the Sockers championship victory in 1985, San Diego loaned Schmetzer to F.C. Seattle of the Western Soccer Alliance. The team was created in 1984 after the Sounders folded to provide local and ex-NASL players an opportunity to play outside of local rec leagues. Jimmy Gabriel coached F.C. Seattle that season. Gabriel and Schmetzer would join up again when Schmetzer became head coach of the Sounders with Gabriel as his assistant. He was joined by his younger brothers Andy and Walt in 1985, signing with the club out of high school.[8] While Schmetzer played as a midfielder with Seattle, he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Brazilian club Santos on June 8, 1985.[9] In August 1988, Schmetzer moved to the Tacoma Stars.[10] While there, he both played and he began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Stars. He played for the St. Louis Storm of the MISL for the 1990-1991 season. At the end of the season, he retired.

In 1994, he came out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with the expansion Seattle Sounders of the American Professional Soccer League.[11][12] In 1995, he played for the Seattle SeaDogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League at the age of 32, after being selected in the league draft.[13][14]

Coaching career

While Schmetzer began his coaching career as a player-assistant coach with the Tacoma Stars, he became a dedicated assistant coach when he moved to the Seattle SeaDogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) in 1995. Fernando Clavijo coached the SeaDogs, which lasted only three seasons before the league folded.[15] However, they did win the CISL championship their last season, 1997.[16] Schmetzer spent a few years with the Emerald City Football Club, coaching youth soccer, while also managing a construction business shared with Dick McCormick.[17]

After the 2001 season, the Seattle Sounders found themselves without a head coach after firing Bernie James, their first and until then only coach. General manager Adrian Hanauer called Schmetzer and asked him if he was interested in the job, interviewing the then-youth coach at a coffee shop on Capitol Hill.[15] Schmetzer agreed and took the job in November 2001, with the 2002 season to make his mark on the team's fortunes.[18][19] During his first season as head coach, the Sounders logged a 23-4-1 record, the second-best record in A-League history, and Schmetzer was named Coach of the Year.[20] The Sounders' record, including a 14-2-0 start, was credited to Schmetzer's use of veteran players and key free-agent signings to boost offensive capabilities.[21] In 2004, he coached the Sounders to the A-League championship game where the team lost to the Montreal Impact. In 2005, Schmetzer again took the Sounders to the championship game (under the re-branded USL First Division), but defeated the Richmond Kickers in penalty kicks to take the title.[22][23]

Schmetzer was a finalist for the 2007 USL-1 Coach of the Year Award. Although the team had started the season 1-3-4, they went on to claim the Commissioner's Cup for the league's best regular season record. The team also had a 15-game unbeaten run that included MLS opponents in the U.S. Open Cup. The Sounders went on to beat the Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0 to win the league championship.[24]

Major League Soccer

Schmetzer was a candidate for the head coach position with Seattle Sounders FC. The job eventually went to Sigi Schmid, who had previously coached the Los Angeles Galaxy and Columbus Crew, while Schmetzer took the role as the top assistant.[25] Schmezter filled in as head coach of the team in place of Schmid on four occasions from 2009 to 2015, winning three matches and losing one.[26] During his time as assistant coach, Schmetzer was interviewed for head coach positions at Montreal Impact in 2011 and FC Dallas in 2013.[27][28]

On July 26, 2016, Schmetzer was named interim head coach of the Sounders after the departure of Sigi Schmid.[29] He was announced as the club's permanent head coach on November 2, after leading the Sounders to the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.[30] On November 27, 2016, following a 3-1 aggregate win over the Colorado Rapids, Schmetzer's side were crowned champions of the MLS Western Conference.[31] This victory ensured the Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup final for the first time in franchise history. On December 10, 2016 the Sounders defeated Toronto to win the MLS Cup for the first time in their history.

Coaching record

As of May 5, 2018
Team From1 To2 Record3
G W L D Win %
Seattle Sounders (USL) November 30, 2001 August 23, 2008 237 122 69 46 051.48
Seattle Sounders FC July 26, 2016 Present 69 32 19 18 046.38
Total 306 154 88 64 050.33

1.^ Date hired.
2.^ Date fired or indication he is the current head coach.
3.^ Includes league, U.S. Open Cup, playoffs, and CONCACAF Champions League games.


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  2. ^ Smith, Craig (February 21, 1979). "Schmetzer wins with the Hawks". The Seattle Times. p. H7. 
  3. ^ Parietti, Walt (June 17, 1980). "Sounders' Davies: out of strep throat, into Hurricane". The Seattle Times. p. D3. 
  4. ^ Smith, Craig (July 17, 1981). "Schmetzer's father knew best". The Seattle Times. p. D4. 
  5. ^ "Schmetzer's goal helps Sounders blank Sockers". The Seattle Times. June 27, 1983. p. B3. 
  6. ^ Massey, Matt (May 6, 2004). "Seattle Sounders: Kicking through the memories". The Seattle Times. p. C4. Retrieved 2016. 
  7. ^ Smith, Craig (July 12, 1983). "Experience, 'thinking' make Brian better". The Seattle Times. p. D3. 
  8. ^ Parietti, Walt (June 9, 1985). "'FC Schmetzer'? Seattle team gets brotherly boost". The Seattle Times. p. D3. 
  9. ^ Smith, Craig (June 10, 1985). "Only 4,180 see Seattle top Brazil's Santos, 2-1". The Seattle Times. p. B5. 
  10. ^ "Stars sign Schmetzer". The Seattle Times. August 19, 1988. p. C3. 
  11. ^ 1994 Sounders roster Archived March 22, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Sounders sign 3 players to one-year contracts". The Seattle Times. July 3, 1994. p. C10. 
  13. ^ Sherwin, Bob (May 5, 1995). "Sounders set to kick off". The Seattle Times. p. E1. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ "SeaDogs take Chung with No. 1". The Seattle Times. April 21, 1995. p. D6. 
  15. ^ a b Pentz, Matt (November 5, 2016). "Five meetings that shaped newly-minted Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer's career". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ Almond, Elliott (December 24, 1997). "With CISL dead, SeaDogs weigh their options to keep kicking". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ Pentz, Matt (August 20, 2016). "Who is Sounders interim coach Brian Schmetzer? 'He's a good pro, a hard worker. He's endured.'". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ Massey, Matt (November 30, 2001). "Schmetzer to push young, local talent". The Seattle Times. p. D7. Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ Massey, Matt (May 4, 2002). "Sounders get an A for new additions". The Seattle Times. p. D4. Retrieved 2016. 
  20. ^ Massey, Matt (September 28, 2002). "Sounders' O'Brien voted A-League MVP". The Seattle Times. p. D2. 
  21. ^ Massey, Matt (July 10, 2002). "Opponents can't beat Sounders' new system". The Seattle Times. p. D8. 
  22. ^ Massey, Matt (October 3, 2005). "Sounders savoring the title". The Seattle Times. p. D14. Retrieved 2016. 
  23. ^ Massey, Matt (September 30, 2005). "Coach's direct approach guides Sounders to final". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2016. 
  24. ^ Gaschk, Matt (September 30, 2007). "After slow start, Sounders win title, ponder future". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2010. 
  25. ^ Romero, José Miguel Romero (December 23, 2008). "Sounders FC hire Brian Schmetzer as top assistant". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010. 
  26. ^ "Sounders FC names Brian Schmetzer Head Coach" (Press release). Seattle Sounders FC. November 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  27. ^ Meyers, Joshua (June 12, 2012). "Sounders FC's Brian Schmetzer ready for next coaching step". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (December 4, 2013). "F.C. Dallas target Schelotto". ESPN FC. Retrieved 2016. 
  29. ^ Pentz, Matt (July 26, 2016). "Sounders part ways with longtime coach Sigi Schmid". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ Pentz, Matt (November 2, 2016). "Sounders remove interim tag, hire coach Brian Schmetzer on a full-time basis". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2016. 
  31. ^ "Seattle Sounders reach first MLS Cup with win over Colorado Rapids". November 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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