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
— David Kilpatrick (@DrDKilpatrick) December 26, 2018
Saddened to hear about Sigi. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to know and work with him. Truly an amazing guy and coach. May you Rest In Peace Sig! pic.twitter.com/xrHteRAWnF
— Cristian Roldan⚽ (@CristianRoldan) December 27, 2018
Losses affect you in different ways. This one hurts tremendously. Really can’t believe it. So influential to me and really was the reason I am here today. Thank you. https://t.co/25CT8YHgxA
— brad evans (@brad_evans3) December 27, 2018
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
— Stefan Frei (@Stefan24Frei) December 27, 2018
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
— Osvaldo Alonso (@OzzieAlonso) December 27, 2018
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
— Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13) December 27, 2018
— Miki Turner (@turneresq) December 27, 2018
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.
— brendan hannan (@brendanhannan) December 27, 2018
I remember going to watch UCLA games when I was a kid and dreaming of playing for them and for Sigi Schmid.
So when it actually happened and Sigi trusted me to do right by him on the field, it meant everything to me because I looked up to him so much.
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) December 27, 2018
This is how I choose to remember you Sigi!!! Unforgettable moments of joy and success! Love you Sig! pic.twitter.com/LL7xAlihqa
— Alejandro Moreno (@AleMorenoESPN) December 27, 2018
Saddened by the news of the passing of Sigi Schmid. Great Man. Great Coach. Pioneer. Mentor …… Condolences to the Schmid family. RIP https://t.co/fI6SWTw7ym
— Tab Ramos (@RamosTab) December 27, 2018
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
— Tony Meola (@TMeola1) December 27, 2018
#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
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) December 27, 2018