Schmid has racked up 222 regular-season MLS wins, more than any other coach, and ranks second only to Bruce Arena in playoff victories with 26.

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Sigi Schmid made clear his intention to return as Sounders coach in the wake of his team’s penalty-shootout loss to FC Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals.

Of course he wanted to come back, he said, holding a steady gaze. He felt great, and healthy. That elusive MLS Cup isn’t going to win itself. But it wasn’t fully his call, Schmid conceded. The decision was likely to come from higher up the food chain.

On Thursday night, the club hierarchy announced their verdict loud and clear.

Schmid will return as Sounders coach in 2016, as first revealed by club general manager Garth Lagerwey at Thursday night’s Alliance annual business meeting and confirmed by newly minted majority owner Adrian Hanauer

“We’re thrilled with Sigi,” Hanauer said afterward. “He’s an awesome part of the franchise. This is a tough business. Tie 3-3, lose on penalties – a couple of penalties go a little differently and we’re preparing for Portland.”

Schmid has racked up 222 regular-season MLS wins, more than any other coach, and ranks second only to Bruce Arena in playoff victories with 26.

Seattle has reached the postseason in all seven of its campaigns under Schmid, winning four U.S. Open Cups and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield as regular-season champions. The Sounders also lost more matches in 2015 than they had in any year in their MLS history.

Asked a bit vaguely about the process of evaluating a head coach towards the tail end of the meeting, Lagerwey answered emphatically.

“Let me put something to bed: Sigi (Schmid) is our coach,” Lagerwey said. “Sigi will be our coach. Sigi is my coach.”

Lagerwey then called out to Schmid, who was sitting discretely in the back of the theatre: “Sigi, you cool with being partners for another year?”

It was hard to hear his answer over the excited chattering of the crowd, but the spirit of his response was evident and was backed up by his bosses.

“I actually think our coach did one of his best coaching jobs this year,” owner Joe Roth said, “because I probably would have hanged myself.

“It was a very, very difficult year to coach this team, given all the injuries and the ups and downs. I thought he did a great job.”