The former Chelsea, Rangers, Queen Park Rangers and Everton striker has got the Timbers in a fairly strong position in their opening eight games which have yielded 13 points and a perfect home record of four wins from four matches.
Schmid says that Spencer has done well in Portland so far and is expecting a tough test a Qwest Field on Saturday.
â€śHe's doing well. He's a guy you could always tell was going to become a head coach. He was a ready to be a coach,â€ť Schmid said of Spencer.
â€śYou could tell when he was playing he was going to become a coach. With certain guys you can just see it, and he's done well. He's confident. He's got a lot of playing experiences that he can rely on. He's had good coaching experiences as well in Houston.
â€śHe's a feisty guy and he passes that on to his players and his team. Sometimes that's good, it gets your team motivated and gets 'em going.
â€śHopefully we can take advantage of it when sometimes you get a little bit too excited."