Motivated by Tradition: An Interview with Seattle Sounders Assistant Coach Brian Schmetzer



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Sitting in 1st place in the Western Conference with a record of 9-2-3, the Seattle Sounders look to remain ahead of the soccer pack for the rest of the season. And for the fifth consecutive year, the Sounders have broken the attendance record for the MLS (Major League Soccer), averaging roughly 43,000 fans per game at CentryLink Field. The Sounders attribute their success to loyal fans, intense preparation, and a talented squad of players and coaches.

The other day, I was fortunate enough to sit down and enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee with the stoic Assistant Coach of the Seattle Sounders. A man who played for the original Sounders team. A man of poise, principle, and passion. A man seasoned by tradition, and baptized in the art of the “beautiful game”.

Just the other day, Brian Schmetzer opened up about life, family, soccer, and what makes him happy.

Above is what he had to say.

(Photo’s and Audio Courtesy of Brian Schmetzer)






No Pain No Gain: Interview with Fitness Trainer Kenneth Bradley

No Pain No Gain: Interview with Fitness Trainer Kenneth Bradley

Exercise is an integral part of a living a healthy. 

Here’s what one fitness trainer had to say about working at a local gym.


“What’s your name?”

“My name’s Kenneth Bradley.”

“And how old are you Kenneth?”

“I am 24.”

“What do you do for work?”

“I work at the Seattle Tennis club as a fitness assistant.”

“And how long have you worked there for?”

“Going on six years.”

“What got you interested in working in the gym?”

“Well, number one, I have a passion for fitness. I love working out, I work out my self, and I played sports so…”

“What’s your favorite thing about working in the gym?”

“I love to make it a healthy and fun environment for people who want to come and make their lives healthy.”

“What’s your least favorite thing about working in the gym?”

“That I can’t work out! It sucks!”

“What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen happen in this gym?”

“The craziest thing that I’ve seen was one member getting mad at another member for not wearing shoes while on the equipment, which I think is kinda of silly but, whatever… you know… to each his own.”

“If you could workout with any athlete, who would it be? And why?”

“I think it would be Ray Lewis… He seems like a pretty motivated person… so.”

“Who is Ray Lewis?”

“He used to play for the Baltimore Ravens (NFL).”

“What position did he play?”

“Middle Linebacker”

“Was he tough!?”

“Yea, he was pretty tough!”

“What position did you play in football?”

“I played wide receiver, defensive back, and corner back.”

“Where’d you play?”

“Mount Tahoma Highschool, in Tacoma, Washington.”

“Well thank you very much for everything!”

“No problem man.”