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MLS Coach of the Year renamed in honor of legendary Sounders coach Sigi Schmid

File-This Feb. 23, 2016, file photo shows Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid greeting fans after a CONCACAF Champions League soccer quarterfinal against Club America, in Seattle. The Seattle Sounders and Schmid are parting ways after eight years. The team announced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that Schmid’s run as the only coach in the franchise’s MLS era is coming to an end. Longtime Sounders assistant Brian Schmetzer is immediately taking over as interim head coach. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
File-This Feb. 23, 2016, file photo shows Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid greeting fans after a CONCACAF Champions League soccer quarterfinal against Club America, in Seattle. The Seattle Sounders and Schmid are parting ways after eight years. The team announced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, that Schmid’s run as the only coach in the franchise’s MLS era is coming to an end. Longtime Sounders assistant Brian Schmetzer is immediately taking over as interim head coach. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) AP

On Friday, the MLS announced the league’s Coach of the Year award would be named in honor of former Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid.

Schmid coached three teams in MLS over his illustrious career, two stints with the LA Galaxy, Columbus and the Sounders. His 240 wins is the most in MLS history. Schmid won the MLS Coach of the Year award twice; 1999 and 2008.

“Sigi was an important part of our league from the very early years in our history, and he had a significant impact on everyone he touched throughout his life and coaching career,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

“While he will be remembered by many in the soccer community for his success on the field, it was his kindness and his great qualities as a father, husband and mentor that made him such as special person.”

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