It was just another match, then Shep started Messing with the program.
Sorry about that, but the commentator and former New York Cosmos goalkeeper was asking for it, and here's why:
Completely unsolicited, Messing indicated during Wednesday's Red Bulls-Montreal Impact match that he had sources claiming a potential managerial switch involving New York City's Jason Kreis and Sigi Schmid of the Seattle Sounders.
(Just for kicks, Messing also suggested that Portland's Caleb Porter will likely head back to the college ranks, where he won multiple conference titles and the 2010 NCAA Championship with the Akron Zips.)
The first two men in question were unambiguous with their responses.
Here's what Kreis had to say, as per our friend Dylan Butler on MLSSoccer.com:
"I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded. I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.
"I think this is a tremendous challenge we’ve embarked on and I’m not ready to leave it. If it’s up to me, and maybe it won’t be up to me, I’m going to stay here and fight."
Sure, City Football Group keeps its gaffers on a famously short leash -- what's good, Roberto Mancini??? -- but the likelihood of Kreis's ouster after just one (inaugural!) season, barring an unforeseen character flaw or locker room mutiny, remains incredibly low.
For his part, Sigi Schmid was even more demonstrative with his words after Thursday's training session:
"I heard they were started by Shep Messing, so I think that's all I really need to say.
"I don't know. There's nothing I know about it, so what can I tell you? I love it up here in Seattle. I'm really enjoying myself here and my time here. There's nothing I want to do more than deliver an MLS Cup to the fans here."
It's important to note that, free of context, Kreis would make some sense in Seattle. His relationship with Sounders sporting director Garth Lagerwey is well-established from the duo's time together at Real Salt Lake, during which they claimed the 2009 MLS Cup and became the first MLS side to make the CONCACAF Champions League Final in 2011.
For now, however, barring excessive dramatics from Ferran Soriano & the Parent Company, the managerial carousel won't be spinning this summer in the Five Boroughs.