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Soccer community mourns loss of Sigi Schmid

Former LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid died on Christmas morning. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

MLS coaching legend Sigi Schmid died Tuesday at the age of 65. Former players, colleagues and friends have gone to social media to share the impact that Schmid had on their lives, as well as the impact he had on soccer in the United States. 

“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.”

Sigi Schmid was a long-time and valued member of United Soccer Coaches, and the entire coaching profession owes him a debt of gratitude for his service, his contributions to our sport, and his ability to unite people around the love of the game,” United Soccer Coaches president Lesle Gallimore said in a statement. “He still had so much to give and his coaching legacy lives on through his children and the countless others who learned from him as I did. Auf wiedersehen und ruhe in frieden lieber freund. Goodbye and rest in peace dear friend.”

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