Kurt Schmid – formerly of the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy – will be Club Internacional De Futbol Miami’s first technical director, the team announced Thursday. Miami is set to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2020.
Schmid will focus on scouting locally and internationally, according to the club’s statement. He’ll also work with Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough on “all soccer-related aspects of the first team and the academy.”
Schmid spent seven seasons in Seattle, where he began as an assistant coach and scout, before being promoted to head scout, then director of player personnel. During his time in Seattle, the Sounders won four U.S. Open Cups, one Supporters’ Shield and one MLS Cup.
In 2017, Schmid went south to the Galaxy, where he reunited with his father, former Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, who passed away last week. In Los Angeles, Kurt Schmid was the team’s director of player personnel and scouting.
Before starting his career in MLS, Schmid played soccer at Wake Forest and UCLA. He was on the UCLA team that won the 2002 NCAA national championship.
“We are extremely happy to welcome Kurt to the Inter Miami family,” Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement. “His deep roots in the national soccer landscape, paired with his vast global scouting experience will be an invaluable component for our club and our technical staff.”
McDonough was hired to his role (a general manager role, although the team named him “sporting director”) in August. The team’s ownership group most notably includes former MLS star David Beckham.