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MLS to name Coach of the Year Award after Sigi Schmid

Commissioner Don Garber announced the honor at the league’s SuperDraft.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC legendary head coach Sigi Schmid will have his name on Major League Soccer’s Coach of the Year Award. The league’s commissioner Don Garber announced the honor on Friday, at the beginning of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, in Chicago.

This honor was bestowed about Schmid after he passed away on December 25 at the age of 65 in Los Angeles.

“Sigi was an important part of our league from the very early years in our history, and he had a significant impact on everyone he touched throughout his life and coaching career,” Garber said in a statement. “While he will be remembered by many in the soccer community for his success on the field, it was his kindness and his great qualities as a father, husband and mentor that made him such as special person.”

Schmid, who coached the Crew from 2006 to 2008 and led the franchise to both the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield trophies during his last season in Columbus, is the all-time winningest coach in MLS history, with 266 regular-season and postseason victories in 18 seasons.

In addition to coaching the Crew, Schmid also coached the LA Galaxy, where he won the 2002 MLS Cup, and the Seattle Sounders in MLS. Schmid was a two-time MLS Coach of the Year winner in 1999 and 2008 and also collected five U.S. Open titles, four of them with the Sounders. The German-native was an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 1994 World Cup is part of the U.S. Soccer National Soccer Hall of Fame after his induction in 2015.

His last work was with the LA Galaxy, in the 2018 season.