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The Dispatch wrote Crew coach Schmid to leave team, sources say

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

BY SHAWN MITCHELL

The Crew is expected to announce Wednesday that coach Sigi Schmid will leave the Crew after three seasons, according to one of multiple sources who confirmed Schmid will not return in 2009. Assistant coach and former Crew player Robert Warzycha is the top candidate to replace Schmid.

Schmid won the coach of the year award after leading the Crew to the Major League Soccer championship. Columbus defeated the New York Red Bulls 3-1 in the MLS Cup title game on Nov. 23 in Carson, Calif.

An agreement on a new contract could not be reached, however, and Schmid made no secret of his plans to explore other opportunities. He met with officials from the expansion Seattle Sounders last week.

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