SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Seattle Sounders have reached a contract agreement with former Columbus Crew coach Sigi Schmid.
The newspaper says the new Major League Soccer franchise will announce that the German-born Schmid will become the franchise's first coach at a news conference at 11 a.m. today at Qwest Field.
The 55-year-old Schmid couldn't come to an agreement on a contract extension with the Crew. Schmid coached both the Crew and the Los Angeles Galaxy to MLS championships.
Last week, Columbus filed tampering charges against the Sounders, accusing Seattle of negotiating with Schmid while still under contract with the Crew. The MLS ruled that there was no tampering, but did instruct the Sounders to compensate the Crew financially for the rights to sign Schmid.
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