Last week at the Sounders’ Alliance annual business meeting, owners Adrian Hanauer and Joe Roth and general manager Garth Lagerwey emphatically announced that Schmid would return for his eighth season as coach.

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Years ago, former United States national team coach Bora Milutinović passed along a bit of coaching advice to young assistant Sigi Schmid. And though the mantra might have been a bit dark to knit onto a throw pillow, Schmid has not forgotten it.

“As a coach, you always have a suitcase packed,” Schmid said, “because eventually you’re going to leave.”

It turns out that, for this offseason, Schmid needn’t have bothered even laying out prospective outfits on the bed.

Last week at the Sounders’ Alliance annual business meeting, owners Adrian Hanauer and Joe Roth and general manager Garth Lagerwey emphatically announced that Schmid would return for his eighth season as coach.

And as Lagerwey relayed Wednesday on a conference call, “there wasn’t a real discussion, to be honest with you.”

Schmid signed a three-year contract extension after he Sounders’ successful 2014 season, in which it won both the U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters’ Shield. He remains the winningest coach in MLS history with more than 200 regular-season victories.

Asked after his team’s playoff elimination by FC Dallas last weekend whether he planned to return, though, the 62-year-old said that decision would be made above his head.

“Contracts, in professional sports, I’ve been around long enough that I know that all that it means is they have to buy you out if they tell you to go,” Schmid said. “It doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to be there. Ownership has been great. But I always want to give ownership the prerogative that if they want to make a chance and need to make a change, I’m never presumptuous.”

The decision came loud and clear at the Paramount Theatre last Thursday night and was underlined by Lagerwey on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t anything I was worried about,” Schmid said while addressing the situation for the first time. “It wasn’t something where I was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going to happen?’ I’d spoken about it with my family. I know the business.

“I know my time here is one day going to end. We will continue on. What I’m most appreciative of is to have another chance to bring that elusive thing called MLS Cup to this club.”