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American soccer reacts to Sigi Schmid’s death


Sigi Schmid was an American soccer icon that was adored by many in the sport.

He passed away on Tuesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was hospitalized for three weeks while he waited for a heart transplant.

Schmid was Major League Soccer’s all-time winningest head coach with 266 total wins with the LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, and Seattle Sounders. Schmid returned to the Galaxy in 2017 but resigned in September with just six games left in the regular season.

Prior to arriving in MLS, he coached for UCLA for 19 seasons and led the Bruins to three national titles.

Those around the league took to Twitter to share their memories and pay their respects to Schmid:

As a player, then a coach, Jason Kreis went up against Schmid often. He paid respects in this tweet on Wednesday.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber took time to pay tribute to Schmid on Twitter.

Tony Meola was the goalkeeper and captain of the 1994 USMNT squad that hosted that year’s tournament.

Schmid coached Robbie Rogers during his time with the Columbus Crew and the LA Galaxy.

Former players who transitioned into the media ranks took the time to pay their tributes.

Jimmy Conrad played for Schmid at UCLA and was a member of the Bruins’ 1997 national championship team.

Former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann even took the time to pay his respects to Schmid, as did recent USMNT caretaker and interim head coach Dave Sarachan.

Several current MLS players, young and old also showed their respects to Schmid.



  1. In the LA Times obit, they reported that Sigi got the greatest pleasure not with winning titles, but being able to help young players improve and be able to move to the next level. This makes him a great man in my eyes and this is something all coaches should aspire to.

  2. Portland Timbers:
    “The Portland Timbers organization is mourning the loss of Sigi Schmid. He was a worthy adversary who played an incredibly significant role in building soccer in our country. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. He will be sorely missed.”


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