Sounders land top MLS coach
Sigi Schmid was named the first coach of the Seattle Sounders FC on Tuesday, three weeks after leading the Columbus Crew to the Major League Soccer championship.
The 55-year-old Schmid agreed to a multiyear contract with the expansion Sounders, who open training camp in late January and will begin MLS play in March. Terms were not disclosed.
Schmid is the reigning MLS coach of the year. His 113 coaching victories rank second in MLS history behind current U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley’s 124.
Schmid’s overall MLS record is 113-86-57. He has coached in five MLS Cup finals, the first four with Los Angeles.
Roos makes Pro Bowl
Former Eastern Washington University offensive tackle Michael Roos of the Tennessee Titans was named to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Eastern grad to receive the honor.
The game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Feb. 8.
Roos, a second-round pick in 2005, has started 62 consecutive regular-season games for the Titans.
The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Roos is part of an offensive line that has allowed an NFL-low eight sacks in 2008.
Seattle left tackle Walter Jones was selected for his franchise-record ninth Pro Bowl, despite season-ending knee surgery.
Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson and fullback Leonard Weaver were named Pro Bowl alternates.
Three starters return to Shock
Linebacker Kevin McCullough, offensive lineman Kyle Young and defensive lineman Jeff Van Orsow will return to the Spokane Shock for the 2009 season.
Last season McCullough was second on the team in tackles with 62.5 and third in interceptions with five.
Young started all nine games in which he appeared and earned second-team All-af2 recognition last year.
Van Orsow joined the team late in the year and appeared in six games during the regular season.
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