Sigi Schmid

After decades of making his mark on multiple levels of the U.S. soccer scene, Sigi Schmid has passed away at 65. As per Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times, Schmid died Tuesday, three weeks after being hospitalized at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in need of a heart transplant. And his passingt led to many discussing Schmid’s impressive contributions to American soccer over the years.

Born in Tübingen, West Germany, Schmid moved to the U.S. with his family as a child and later played for UCLA’s men’s soccer team as a midfielder from 1972-75. But he really made his largest impact on the coaching side, starting with his alma mater and coaching them from 1980-99 while winning three national titles and a whole lot of games along the way. Schmid also worked with U.S. Soccer, particularly as head coach of the U-20 team in 1998 and 2005, and he had a lot of MLS success, setting a record for coaching wins there with 240 regular-season victories and 26 postseason wins.

Schmid coached the L.A. Galaxy from 1999-2004 and won a MLS Cup, a Supporters’ Shield, a CONCACAF Champions’ Cup and a U.S. Open Cup, then won a Supporters’ Shield and a MLS Cup in a stint with the Columbus Crew that lasted from 2006-08, then won three straight U.S. Open Cups and a Supporters’ Shield with the Seattle Sounders from 2009-16 before a short return to the Galaxy (from July 2017 to September 2018 when he resigned). Here are some of the many tributes to Schmid from influential American soccer figures:

Schmid had a massive impact on the world of American soccer as a college coach, a U-20 coach and a professional coach. The tributes out there show just how much he meant to so many different teams, players and fans.

[The Los Angeles Times]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.