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Sigi's son joins Sounders staff

Kurt Schmid -- son of head coach Sigi Schmid -- has been named to the Seattle Sounders FC staff as a scout and assistant coach.

"We are very excited to have Kurt join our staff," FC technical director Chris Henderson said through a news release. "He will be working with the full team on down through the youth and assisting with scouting. Coming from a soccer family and with coaching experience at many levels, he has good knowledge of young players and he will be a big asset for our club."

Here's the rest of the release:

Schmid will scout players from the youth to international level and coordinate the Match Analysis scouting system. In addition, he will serve as a first team assistant coach to Sigi Schmid, his father and Seattle head coach.

Kurt Schmid was in Trinidad earlier this month, scouting players at the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

For the past three seasons Kurt Schmid has been an assistant coach at the collegiate level, first at Saint Mary's College, then the past two years at UC Irvine. In 2008, UC Irvine won both the Big West Conference regular season and tournament championship, and the Anteaters earned an NCAA tournament berth. All three were first-time achievements for the UCI program.

Schmid was a member of the Region IV ODP boys coaching staff the past two years and also coached at West Coast FC. Previously he was a coach for South Bay Soccer Club. His coaching career began at South High School in Torrance, Calif.

Schmid, 26 (DOB 3/24/1982), played at Wake Forest and UCLA and was a member of the Bruins' 2002 NCAA Championship team. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business-Economics.