Sigi Schmid’s contribution helped shape the very ground MLS stands on

The most successful manager in MLS history, with Bruce Arena, topped a tree including virtually every active coach in the league

In the summer of 2016, as the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders prepared to face each other in an MLS regular season game, a graphic did the rounds showing the profound influence that the two coaches, LA’s Bruce Arena and Seattle’s Sigi Schmid, had had on the coaching culture of the still young league.

The family tree of young coaches in MLS who had either played for, or coached with, one of the two men, was so extensive that it represented virtually all the active coaching body in the league. The likes of Patrick Vieira, then at NYCFC, represented an extreme exception to the Arena/Schmid rule.

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