The Seattle Sounders announced the club had mutually parted ways with longtime head coach Sigi Schmid on Tuesday morning, ending the lengthy tenure of the only head coach in the club's MLS history.
With a career that spanned stints with the Sounders, LA Galaxy and Columbus Crew SC as well as collegiate soccer and time with the U.S. U20 team, Schmid's impact on the American soccer landscape is far-reaching, and former players and commentators took to social media to wish him well.
I owe a ton to Sigi, my 1st and only MLS coach. 10 yrs & over 250 total games. Make sure you take time to reflect on what he achieved here.— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3) July 26, 2016
Sports are a results based business but players win/lose games in the end. Proud to have played for Sigi for 7yrs, it was a great run.— zk scott (@zkscott) July 27, 2016
Sigi gave me a 2nd chance, believed in me when others had given up. I will never forget that #ThanksSigi— Stefan Frei (@Stefan24Frei) July 27, 2016
I Have All Respect For CoachSigi For Giving Me My First MLS Contract And Game. That's Something I Can't And Won't Forget.. Thank You Sigi— Oalex Anderson Jr. (@O_Anderdon) July 27, 2016
Forever grateful to the man that gave a 19yr old the opportunity of living out his dream…And a 34 year old a second chance. #ThankYouSigi— herculez gomez (@herculezg) July 27, 2016
Sigi achieved more in 7 yrs than most MLS clubs have in their history… and he did it with an expansion team.— herculez gomez (@herculezg) July 27, 2016
Obviously will share more later but for now just wanna say thank you pic.twitter.com/Cg16yLLVKf— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) July 26, 2016
Sigi has made Seattle an on field success at a level we couldn't have imagined. Eventually that's what did him in, expectations grew & grew— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) July 26, 2016
Thank you Sigi for all the special memories with @SoundersFC— Chris Henderson (@19Hendy19) July 27, 2016