Sigi Schmid all-time winningest MLS coach dies at 65

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Schmid coached for 18 years in MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew, tallying a league-record 266 regular season and playoff wins.

His passing, due to a "personal health matter", was confirmed in a statement from his family on Wednesday. "We mourn his loss and offer our deepest sympathies to his family during this hard time". His family asked that instead of flowers or other gifts that people consider donating to the men's soccer program at UCLA in his memory.

During his legendary managerial career Schmid won two MLS Cup titles, in 2002 with the LA Galaxy and again in 2008 with the Columbus Crew and was twice named as MLS Coach of the Year.

The German-born Schmid was a coaching legend in MLS, making an indelible mark on three separate clubs over almost 20 years. For more information about how to do that, you can contact their athletics department at 310-206-3302.

He returned to Los Angeles in 2017, stepping down as coach of the Galaxy in September with six games left in the regular season.

"Today's news comes as a shock and a devastating blow to our entire community across MLS and U.S. Soccer".

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Schmid, who won two MLS Cups during his career, stepped down from his role as Galaxy coach earlier this year. "Sigi will go down as one of the leading figures in the history of our league".

"Sigi's passion for soccer was unrivalled, and he was loved and admired by everyone in MLS".

Before moving to MLS in 1999, Schmid was synonymous with UCLA.

Schmid also worked with U.S. Soccer, serving as an assistant coach for the US national team at the 1994 World Cup and working two stints as US Under-20 head coach, in 1998-1999 and 2005.

Schmid is a member of both the UCLA Hall of Fame (1996) and the U.S. Soccer National Soccer Hall of Fame (2015).

Outside of soccer, he earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. Schmid is survived by his wife Valerie and four children: Erik, Lacey, Kurt, and Kyle.

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