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A Legendary MLS Manager Died On Christmas

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A legendary MLS manager passed away on Christmas.

Sigi Schmid, the winningest manager in Major League Soccer history, died on Tuesday.

The Germany native was just 65.

From the LA Times:

Former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid died Tuesday, three weeks after being hospitalized at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in need of a heart transplant. He was 65.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Schmid’s family issued a statement Wednesday through the Seattle Sounders, one of three MLS team’s the coach worked for, confirming his death.

“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor. We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well. While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

May Sigi rest in peace.