Seattle Sounders owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer, head coach Sigi Schmid and sporting director Chris Henderson spoke Thursday during the club’s end-of-season press conference, with the minority stakeholder making one important announcement and a forecast with significant ramifications for clubs on both sides of the Atlantic.
Right of the top, Hanauer announced that Schmid, who this year became the first head coach in MLS history to reach the 200-win milestone, has signed a multi-year contract extension that will “keep him around for the foreseeable future.”
Schmid and the Sounders enjoyed their most successful season in the club’s six-year MLS history, lifting the US Open Cup (the Sounders’ fourth under Schmid) and Supporters Shield before falling one round short of Sunday’s MLS Cup final (3 pm ET) and a chance to play for the domestic treble, an accomplishment still unrealized in MLS.
The second bit of news to come from Thursday’s media engagement is Hanauer’s belief that Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin is “highly, highly likely” to receive his Latvian passport before the end of the year and complete his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window.
Hanauer says Yedlin “highly, highly likely” to get work permit to play in England. Seems headed for Tottenham at mid-month.
— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) December 4, 2014
Yedlin, who signed a four-year deal with Tottenham in August following a standout performance at the 2014 World Cup, applied for a Latvian passport — his grandmother is Latvian — earlier this year in order to bypass the UK work permit process that would have given him significant trouble and delays in completing his move.