Schmid to Be Inducted Into United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches has announced that Sigi Schmid, the legendary former head coach of UCLA men's soccer and multiple MLS franchises, will be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class.
The newest class of inductees, which also features longtime head coaches Joe Palone of the United States Military Academy and Horst Richardson of Colorado College, will be honored at the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention from Jan. 11-15. They are set to become the 69th, 70th, and 71st inductees into the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame, which was established in 1991 to honor achievement by coaches with an emphasis on success and a lifetime devotion to the association and the game.
"The newest honorees in the United Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame enjoyed lengthy and distinguished careers, not only as winning coaches, but coaches enriching the lives of players while serving the greater good of the game," said Kevin Sims, United Soccer Coaches President. "The stellar collection of inductees into the Hall of Fame is enhanced greatly by the presence of legends Sigi Schmid, Joe Palone, and Horst Richardson."
Already a member of the UCLA and U.S. Soccer National Halls of Fame, Schmid recorded a 322-63-33 record in a storied 19-year tenure in Westwood. In that time, he led the Bruins to NCAA titles in 1985, 1990, and 1997 while earning national Coach of the Year honors in 1984 and 1997. His .810 winning percentage is the sixth-best in NCAA Division I history.
Schmid produced six UCLA Hall of Famers during his coaching career. Many of these players went on to have successful professional and international careers, including Cobi Jones, Brad Friedel, Paul Caligiuri, Carlos Bocanegra, Joe Max-Moore, and Chris Henderson.
Schmid accepted a position as the head coach of the MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy in 1999, beginning a long and successful stint in the top flight of professional American soccer. He became the winningest coach in MLS history with 266 wins across regular and post-season play and was twice named the MLS Coach of the Year (1999, 2008). The league renamed the award the Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year Award in 2019. Over his career, Schmid won a pair of MLS Cups (2002, 2008), a record five U.S. Open Cups (2001, 2009-11, 2014), and three MLS Supporters' Shields (2002, 2008, 2014).
Throughout his professional coaching career, Schmid spent time with the Galaxy (1999-2004), Columbus Crew SC (2006-2008) and Seattle Sounders FC (2009-2016). Over his time in the MLS, Schmid compiled a 240-183-125 record during the MLS regular season. Additionally, he reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in 13 seasons, while recording 28 MLS Cup Playoff wins, the second-most in MLS history. Schmid is one of two coaches in MLS history to guide two different teams to MLS Cup titles and he is one of three to coach in four total MLS Cup Finals.
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United Soccer Coaches is proud to announce the election of Joe Palone, Horst Richardson, and Sigi Schmid as the newest members of the Hall of Fame. The members of the 2021 Class will officially be inducted during the Digital Convention in January.
— United Soccer Coaches (@UnitedCoaches) October 15, 2020