Seattle Sounders’ Brian Schmetzer- MLS Cup or Bust

In a recent interview, Seattle Sounders’ head coach Brian Schmetzer has said that it would be a disappointment if the Rave Green don’t win the MLS Cup.

Most interim-midseason appointed coaches would be happy to take a team that was light-years from a playoff spot to suddenly be favored to finish in at least 5th place. Most fans of that team would be happy too. Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer, however, is not.


Sep 28, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer watches from the sideline during the second half against the Chicago Fire at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Chicago, 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview Tuesday with reporters, Schmetzer was asked whether or not he would be disappointed if the Sounders didn’t make the playoffs after such a good run in the last few months.

I would consider it a failure if we don’t win the MLS Cup. Not making the playoffs is part of that. This club has always been a winning club and the winning tradition holds true. So, yes, we would be disappointed [if we didn’t make the playoffs]. There has been a lot diversity and stuff like that. People can make excuses but we choose not to. We want to win.

Now that sounds crazy. A team that just months ago sacked the only coach they ever knew in their MLS era and was at rock bottom now has a head coach who’s goal is to win the MLS Cup.

This is the kind of attitude that Sounders fans want from their head coach. Seattle has been arguably one of the best teams in the past 7 years, making the playoffs ever since they were introduced in the league and consistently being in the conversation for silverware. Even though they have won 4 US Open Cups and a Supporters’ Shield, the Rave Green have yet to win an MLS Cup. Now it seems that Brian Schmetzer thinks this squad is ready to do what no other Sounders squad has done before, win it all.

Before they can do that, Seattle still has to qualify for the playoffs. They can do that this Sunday with either a win over Real Salt Lake or a draw/loss and either Sporting Kansas City and/or Portland lose/draw. MLS Decision Day starts beings at 1pm PST and you can find all the preparations and the results here on MLS Multiplex.