Former Seattle Sounder coach Sigi Schmid posthumously was endowed with the honor of having the MLS coach of the year award named after him. Sigi is remembered by Sounders fans as their first coach who successfully took the Sounders to the playoffs in each of the 7 years he coached here.
Sigi is the winningest coach in MLS history with 266 victories. Sigi had 2 MLS cups with the Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy and earned a record 5 US Open Cups with the Sounders. Sigi has a CONCACAF title, 3 NCAA titles with UCLA, and a Supporters Shield with the Sounders.
“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,” MLS Commissioner Don 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.”
Sigi earned undo blame for the Sounders stagnation in 2016. Many said the game had passed him by, but many of his detractors seem to forget that he is one of the progenitors of the MLS as we know it. With Columbus and LA in the early 2000s, he implemented an exciting style of ball that made people want to watch. With Seattle, he changed the course of how the MLS does business. Sometimes people get bored with winning or bored with how they win, and that is unfortunate. Everywhere he went he got results and hopefully that is how you remember him, because that is how I do.
It is fitting that this award is named after him.