Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid attended USA training on Sunday and was thrilled to be surrounded by so many familiar faces.
The former USA U20s coach was present at CenturyLink Field when Juergen Klinsmann’s side tuned up for Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Panama and felt right at ease with those around him.
“It was good. I was just out there to watch training and see some friends and all that,” he said.
“Obviously I’ve known Jurgen, and Andy Hertzog played for me, and Martin [Vasquez] was my assistant, and Ivan Pierra was my trainer, and Jesse [Bignami] was my equipment guy with the under-20’s, so there are a lot of people I know. It was good to see all those people and say hello to them.”
He added: “I’ve coached a few of the players. It was good when as an under-20 team our two goalkeepers were Timmy Howard and Nick Rimando.”
And of the Sounders players in the US squad – Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson – Schmid added further: “It’s great. It’s great for them. Eddie because he was away from the national team for years, and for him to be able to get back and score some key goals in the last qualifying round and continue to be a member of the squad is important.
“Hopefully the minutes will come along again. For Evans, too, as a versatile player and maybe a little bit of a utility man, to push himself in there to right now be able to get on the field at right back and score such a huge goal as he scored in Jamaica is fantastic.”