“It keeps me around the game and keeps me busy,” Schmid said Wednesday. “Those are two good things.”

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Longtime Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, who parted ways with the club in late July, will join ESPN as a studio analyst for this Sunday’s Major League Soccer doubleheader.

The veteran coach will also contribute to MLS’ streaming coverage of the final day of the regular season next weekend.

“It keeps me around the game and keeps me busy,” Schmid said Wednesday. “Those are two good things.”

This is a short-term thing while he continues to pursue another coaching job, Schmid stresses, though he does think he can provide a unique viewpoint. In contrast to say, coverage of the NFL, American soccer studios are more likely to be populated by former players than ex-coaches.

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“That’s a perspective sometimes soccer fans don’t get,” Schmid said. “Hopefully I can offer some of that, because there’s not a lot of former coaches that commentate.”

This isn’t Schmid’s first time on this side of the game – he did some similar coverage for FOX between stints with the Galaxy and Crew – and he’ll be joined in ESPN’s studio by one of his former players, Alejandro Moreno.

“We wanted to add someone, and Sigi made the most sense by far,” ESPN soccer producer Chris Alexopolous said. “It made sense because Sigi Schmid is one of the most well-established and respected coaches in American soccer history.

“To bring that kind of expertise and credentialed to a simple broadcast isn’t going to be replicated by very many people.”

The Sounders are not part of the network’s Sunday doubleheader, though they will of course be a part of the league’s simultaneous regular-season finales.

Schmid, who remains Major League Soccer’s all-time wins leader, led Seattle to four U.S. Open Cup titles and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield as regular-season champions in his seven-and-a-half seasons.