COACHES' BREAKDOWN:"I don't rate him ... Not quick enough on the turn, not quick enough to deal with the kind of players he'll face in MLS ... Left footed, good in air. Good feet, dangerous on set pieces. Question is speed and durability. He was injured a lot in college career ... Good long ball service.... Left footed. He can smash it, and accurately. Good distribution/service to the forwards. Better feet than you might expect for a dude that big. Not fast. Absolutely a system player - needs organization and clear instructions, but has a good understanding of the game and is easily coached. Doesn't have great pace, so if you put a lot of space between backline and midfield he can get run down. Can bring it down well and then put it anywhere on the field. ... Very solid player. Best centerback."
COLLEGE: 2013: Despite injuring his hand in the first game of the season and sporting a cast for the rest of the year, was the anchor of a back line that produced a goals against average of 0.89, second best in the conference ... Scored three goals on the year, the most among UCSB's defenders ... Started in all 16 of his appearances ... Missed the final five games of the season due to a knee injury suffered at Cal Poly on Oct. 25 ... UCSB allowed two goals or fewer in each of his apperances, and allowed multiple goals just three times over that span ... Picked up a litany of postseason honors, including All-Big West First Team, College Sports Madness Big West Defender of the Year, and NSCAA All-Far West Region Scond Team... 2012: Injuries limited the defender to just eight games for the Gauchos ... 2011: Started all 23 games for the Gauchos… Scored in his first game with the Gauchos, a 3-1 victory over Seattle University (Aug. 27)… Led the team with 2,134 minutes played, which ranks as the fourth most in a single season by a Gaucho… Garnered All-Big West Honorable Mention accolades... 2010 (at Westmont College): Started all 18 games for Westmont during his freshman year… Scored the game-winning goal against William Jessup… Recorded an assist against Cal State San Marcos.
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Attended Gymnasium am Neandertal... Has played with several clubs: Wuppertaler SV, VFL Bochum, Fortuna Düsseldorf… Played U15, U17 and U19 with Fortuna Düsseldorf and served as the team captain as a U17 and U19… Played regionalliga for Fortuna Düsseldorf reserve… Led Fortuna Düsseldorf U19 to a second place finish at the U19 Champions Trophy, defeating teams such as Chelsea FC, Villareal FC and PSV Eindhoven…Was picked to the All-Tournament team at the U19 Champions Trophy
PERSONAL: Peter Schmetz was born on June 2, 1990 in Aachen, Germany… Parents are Leo and Theresa Schmetz… Majored in Economics at UCSB… When he isn’t playing soccer, he is sleeping or playing other sports… Can’t do without his soccer ball… Listens to music before games… Would love to play on the same pitch as his favorite athlete Roberto Baggio… Cheers for FC St. Pauli… Favorite film is “Gran Torino” while his favorite show is “South Park.”