By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former MLS soccer coach Sigi Schmid has died. He was 65-years-old.
According to Schmid’s family, he died on Christmas Day at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The USA Today is reporting that Schmid was hospitalized recently as he awaited a heart transplant.
“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor,” the family said in a statement Wednesday through the Seattle Sounders, one of the three MLS teams Schmid coached.
“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well. While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time.”
The 65-year-old Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany native last coached with the Galaxy in 2018. He also coached the Seattle Sounders FC from 2009 through 2016.
Schmid also was the Columbus Crew head coach from 2006 through 2008. He was the United States U20 head coach in 2005. He also served as the United States U20 head coach in 1998 and 1999.
He also coached the Galaxy from 1999 through 2004. He began his coaching career as the UCLA Bruins head coach from 1980 through 1999.
“Major League Soccer is devastated by the news of the passing of Sigi Schmid,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Sigi will go down as one of the leading figures in the history of our league. From Los Angeles to Columbus and Seattle, Sigi won more games than any coach in MLS history and led his clubs to multiple championships, including two MLS Cups and five Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups. Sigi’s passion for soccer was unrivaled, and he was loved and admired by everyone in MLS. We deeply mourn his passing and send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Valerie, their children, and all of his loved ones.”