The Honeymoon is Over
Time marches on and the book is now firmly closed on the 2008 Columbus Crew. The 2009 season is a mere three months away and the foundation of last year’s team is about to be ripped up.
Chad Marshall is in Germany trialing with Mainz. I would imagine that some team will be offering him a big contract to move overseas. He is a young, technically gifted, and strong central defender. There are probably quite a few teams lining up to have look at him. Given his injury history, I am sure that he would not mind a big payday either.
Sigi Schmid is also coming back into town; he will be here on Wednesday. I imagine that this is to pack up his apartment before he is named the coach of the Seattle Sounders. Sounders technical director Chris Henderson had this to say last Friday:
We finished our interview process and now we’re getting poised to make the announcement of the new coach
Almost as if they were waiting to interview a coach who was busy until recently. I really cannot blame Coach Schmid if he heads back west, but he should not be claiming the Crew showed him a lack of respect as rumored. This is a team that gave him a third season when other organizations may have pushed him out after missing the playoffs in the first two.
It’s hard watching a championship team get pulled apart.