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Obama praises Schmid at White House event

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid ended his time away from work today with a tour of the White House, all part of an honor for the MLS champion Columbus Crew, who Schmid coached last season.

President Barack Obama praised Schmid and current Crew coach Robert Warzycha (a Crew assistant under Schmid), saying: "Under your leadership the team made an incredible turnaround from a losing season in 2007 to the best record in MLS in 2008."

Here's a look from MLSnet.com.

Schmid was scheduled to fly home tonight, and should be back on the pitch Tuesday when the Sounders return to training for their Saturday friendly with Chelsea.

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