It’s not an understatement to say that Sigi Schmid, as he lived, impacted what we know of U.S. Soccer and MLS today.
From playing college soccer to becoming a legendary college coach, then having stints with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and nearly 20 years in U.S. Soccer, Schmid kept taking the game to a new level. That’s why his loss, reportedly due to a heart condition, has hit the American soccer community so hard.
Remembrances of Schmid’s life have been pouring in since news of his death filtered through social media on Wednesday, with former players, coaches and clubs all chiming in. Here’s a sample of the many tributes to Schmid.
Hearing Sigi Schmid has passed away. So grateful for his kindness and candor. Such a super nice, unassuming guy. Among his many accomplishments, he was on the very first #AYSO team in 1964. A legend and a champion. #RIPSigiSchmid
Sigi believed in me when most others had given up. His successful career and unwavering passion for the game will remain unrivaled. My deepest condolences to his entire and extended family. You are missed dearly Sig pic.twitter.com/AqDKZ6l2vI
Very sad and devastated for this news. Sigi was a great coach and even better person.He was like a father to me,he believed in me,trusted me and stuck with me for many years. His legacy will always be present, my condolences go to the whole Schmid family.Thankscoach foreverything pic.twitter.com/XZxAsCABd3
Very saddened by this news. My prayers go out to the whole Schmid family. Sigi gave me my start as a professional and was so influential in my career and the careers of so many others. But more importantly he was a great person. RIP Coach, thank you for everything https://t.co/vgIHxoSq8L
Sigi Schmid was a pioneer and visionary for the sport of soccer in Southern California and the United States. He was passionate, generous and incredibly kind. He did tremendous things for the #LAGalaxy and the sport. His boyish grin and love of the game will be missed.
Terribly saddened to hear the news of Sigi Schmid passing. I met Sigi in ‘87 as an opposing coach. He later became my coach, then my colleague and then a mentor and most importantly my friend. Always had time and knowledge to share. Thank you Sigi for your friendship. -RIP
#CrewSC is deeply saddened by the passing of former Columbus Crew SC Head Coach Sigi Schmid. We are forever grateful to have Sigi be a part of the Crew SC Family and will fondly hold on to the memories he gave us during his time in Columbus. pic.twitter.com/h5xyGtSXEv
So saddened to hear of the passing of Sigi. Had the pleasure of getting to know him better as part of the broadcast team for the Crew. Soccer would not be where it is in the U.S. today without his work. #ThankYouSigi#RIPSigi
An American abroad is coming home after an uneven time in Scotland.
Former Southern Illinois and Chicago Fire mainstay Matt Polster will return to Major League Soccer this summer with the New England Revolution.
Bruce Arena’s Revs will reportedly pony up about $375,000 to buy Polster from Rangers, where he signed on a free transfer in January 2019 following three-plus MLS seasons that saw him earn a USMNT cap.
He was called up to two January camps for the U.S., going 90 minutes at right back against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018. Polster was also a contributor to the U.S. Olympic qualification push in 2015.
Polster, 27, finishes his time with 10 appearances and an assist Steven Gerrard’s Glaswegian set, getting Scottish Premiership and Europa League experience this season.
A defensive midfielder and right back in MLS, Polster played only the latter with Rangers thanks to Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, and Glen Kamara chewing up minutes in the middle of the park.
Bit of transfer news from Scotland… I'm told Rangers defender Matt Polster is off to New England Revolution for around £300k. #RangersFC
“ASM” has four goals and seven assists in 25 appearances entering Sunday morning’s match versus West Ham and is one of just three players to average more than four dribbles per game, his 4.7 sandwiched between Adama Traore (5) and Wilfried Zaha (4.5).
It’s not just about the numbers with Saint-Maximin, though, whose magnetic dribbling and personality keep both a defense off-balance and a team hopeful and happy. Newcastle is 1W-3D-7L in the Premier League when Saint-Maximin plays, 10-6-5 when he’s out there.
Any sale, especially with Newcastle’s takeover looming, would have to be well over the approximately $20 million paid by the Magpies last summer.
Schick to Newcastle (amongst others)
The same report lays out a more realistic shopping list for the Magpies than many of the rumors since reports emerged of a big money takeover at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle is being linked with Roma’s Patrik Schick, Nice’s Arnaud Lusamba, Benfica’s Florentino Luis, Penarol’s Facundo Pellistri, and Norwich City’s Ben Godfrey.
Let’s focus on Schick and Lusamba.
Schick was once among the most sought-after names in the game. The 24-year-old Czech striker has nine goals in 22 caps for his country.
Three seasons removed from his breakout season at Sampdoria, Schick has profound his footing on loan to RB Leipzig from Roma. The center forward has 10 goals in 22 matches despite Timo Werner carrying the water in fine fashion for Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig.
Like Saint-Maximin last season, Lusamba has been in- and out-of-favor with Nice boss Patrick Vieira. But it’s worth noting that the manager has tried to find a place on the pitch for the 23-year-old center midfielder, deploying him at center forward and right mid at times.
Lusamba averaged 1.2 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per Ligue 1 appearances this season.
Godfrey to Borussia Dortmund
Speaking of Godfrey, could he be going from the bottom of the Premier League table to the upper reaches of Germany? For close to $30 million, to boot?
Two of the Bundesliga’s top clubs continue to monitor top young Premier League talent including the aforementioned Godfrey, with Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig eyeing the 22-year-old.
A center back in Norwich’s maligned and injury-battered defense, England youth international Godfrey has played the seventh-most minutes for Daniel Farke’s Canaries.
Relegation victims have often yielded incredible value for bigger clubs, two great cases in point being ex-Hull City man Andrew Robertson and former Aston Villa force Idrissa Gana Gueye. We don’t need to tell you where they wound up.
Burnley has lost just once in 11 outings including a win over Manchester United and draws with Tottenham and Arsenal.
Three things we learned
1. Blades never say die: Burnley will lament not putting the game to bed with some promising chances but don’t take credit for the point away from Chris Wilder’s Blades. A late short corner routine involved four players on its way to goal, the last moves a clever Billy Sharp flick to the back post for Egan to finish with style. There were some stumbles out of the coronavirus pause and this result can fit in that camp but the resolve of United is real.
2. Burnley’s hopes of a Europa return take a hit: The Clarets booked a pair of 1-0 wins after a blowout loss to Man City and looked very much set for the same on Sunday before the late Blades corner kick. Burnley would’ve loved to directly affect a rival’s point total but has a lot of points available on the docket even considering upcoming matches with Liverpool and Wolves. And might success keep Sean Dyche around his beloved Turf Moor a bit longer despite recent drama with the board?
3. Deputizing skipper as Man of the Match: Tarkowski was quite good apart from his rare goal despite usual center back partner Ben Mee’s absence from the lineup. It was fitting that Tarkowski took the arm band in Mee’s stead, making nine clearances, an interception, two tackles, winning myriad duels including 13 in the air, and completing four of nine long balls (SofaScore).
Burnley – Sheffield United recap
Sheffield United had the best of the first 20 minutes, though Burnley had one solid chance that Matej Vydra was unable to convert.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope had a rare rough moment when a long throw-in made its way into the goal but he was saved by a foul in the build-up
VAR did not see an unknowing Erik Pieters handball off a corner kick reason to send Blades to the spot.