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Crew’s Sigi Schmid Named MLS Coach of the Year

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Press Release wrote Crew’s Sigi Schmid Named MLS Coach of the Year 

Tuesday, Nov. 11 , 2008

Major League Soccer announced today that Crew head coach Sigi Schmid has been named the 2008 MLS Coach of the Year, which is awarded to the coach who earns the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches and members of the media. It makes Schmid just the second coach in MLS history to win the award more than once. He previously won it in 1999 with the L.A. Galaxy and joins Bob Bradley (1998, 2006) in that exclusive club. He also becomes the second coach in club history to win the prestigious accolade, joining Greg Andrulis (2004).

Under the direction of the highly-decorated Schmid, the 2008 regular season was one of the best in Crew history, as the Black & Gold went 17-7-6 and shattered the club record for points in a season (57), eclipsing the 2004 Supporters� Shield-winning squad that earned 49. Columbus also set new club marks for wins and goals (50) in the post-shootout era (since 2000). In addition, based on points earned in the standings per game played, the Crew�s 2008 regular season (1.90 ppg) ranks as the fifth most successful in MLS history after the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy (2.13), 2001 Miami Fusion (2.04), 2005 San Jose Earthquakes (2.00) and 2001 Chicago Fire (1.96).

 

While leading the Crew to the 2008 Supporters� Shield trophy, Schmid also achieved a pair of new personal milestones this season, as he notched his 100th career MLS victory on April 26 � making him only the second coach in MLS history to reach that milestone � and the club�s 17 wins set a new single-season career-high, one more than his 2002 MLS Cup-champion Los Angeles Galaxy squad. Schmid�s influence is underscored by the fact that only Frankie Hejduk, Duncan Oughton and Visa Defender of the Year Chad Marshall remain from the squad he inherited prior to the 2006 season.

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9 Responses to Crew’s Sigi Schmid Named MLS Coach of the Year

  1. michaelcoyote November 13, 2008 8:52 am at 8:52 am

    He earned it..

  2. Brant Jones November 13, 2008 9:28 am at 9:28 am

    They spelled his name wrong in the press release headline. D’oh!

  3. Walker Evans
    Walker November 13, 2008 9:34 am at 9:34 am

    Brant Jones wrote They spelled his name wrong in the press release headline. D’oh!

    Nope, that was me. Just fixed it. I re-typed the headline because they always send them in ALL CAPS AND IT LOOKS LIKE SCREAMING. ;)

  4. MarkedByTemerity November 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm

    Whoo-hoo! Sweet! This has been such an awesome year for The Crew :-)

  5. michaelcoyote November 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm

    MarkedByTemerity wrote Whoo-hoo! Sweet! This has been such an awesome year for The Crew :-)

    some more hardware would be a nice cap to the year..

    I spoke to Sigi yesterday and he seemed very upbeat and ready for the Eastern Conference Final tonight

  6. chivespa1 November 13, 2008 1:13 pm at 1:13 pm

    anyone going to a bar/restaraunt to watch the game? i’m still a fire fan but i’d love to get together with some folks if there’s somewhere that’s showing the match and won’t be too mean to an ex-chicagoan…

  7. michaelcoyote November 14, 2008 1:21 am at 1:21 am

    chivespa1 wrote anyone going to a bar/restaraunt to watch the game? i’m still a fire fan but i’d love to get together with some folks if there’s somewhere that’s showing the match and won’t be too mean to an ex-chicagoan…

    Funny enough I went to Ruby Tuesday after the match and there were 3 Chicago Fire fans hanging out at the bar. They were treated great by all the Crew Fans and were very nice to me when i went up for my beer. It’s good to see good sportsmanship is still alive.

  8. chivespa1 November 14, 2008 8:48 am at 8:48 am

    Well, the match didn’t turn out how I wanted it to but it did turn out how I expected it would. I’m happy for the Crew and truly hope they bring that cup home to Columbus. I think I’m starting to soften to them a bit even if I don’t ever expect to root against the Fire.

    Good job Crew and congratulations!

  9. UncommonSense
    UncommonSense November 14, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm

    Congrats to The Rotund One and the Massive! Great win last night, and hopefully more hardware is on the way. GBS for MVP and an MLS Cup for the Fighting Canaries. :D

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