Cal South mourns the loss of Sigi Schmid, a soccer pioneer in the Southern California community, who passed away Christmas Day at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Before becoming one of the most successful coaches in Major League Soccer, Schmid began his coaching career with Cal South, being one of the founders of the South Bay Vikings, as well as coaching several Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams.

Schmid continues holding the most wins in MLS history, winning two MLS Cups (2002, 2008), and five Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014). Schmid’s standout work from the bench did not go unnoticed, being named MLS Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008, aside from being inducted to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

Our thoughts are with the Schmid family in this difficult time.