Sounders FC assistant coach Brian Schmetzer has interviewed for the head coaching job at FC Dallas, The Seattle Times has confirmed. The news was first reported by ESPNFC.com.
The position was recently vacated by Schellas Hyndman, who stepped down after this season following 5½ years with the team.
ESPN, citing sources, is reporting that former MLS great Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the preferred choice among the candidates but that there has been a disagreement over compensation. No firm deadline for a decision has been made public by FC Dallas, and Schmetzer is still believed to be in the running.
Schmetzer, a 51-year-old Seattle native, has a longstanding relationship with FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo, dating to 1984. The two were teammates on two professional indoor teams and Schmetzer also got one of his first coaching jobs under Clavijo with the Seattle SeaDogs in 1996.
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