Sigi Schmid will return to the United States fold as the former Los Angeles Galaxy boss has been named as the new Under-20 men’s head coach
This is Schmid’s second stint at the helm of the U-20 side, sandwiching a strong run with Los Angeles where he helped the Galaxy win the 2002 MLS Cup title.
The U-20s are gearing towards next January, where they will take part in CONCACAF qualification for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships, which will be held this upcoming June. The new head coach is considered one of the best cultivators of young talent in the American game.
“I’m excited to return to U.S. Soccer as the Under-20 Men’s head coach,” said Schmid. “I had a wonderful experience coaching the team through the ’99 FIFA World Youth Championship and am looking forward to having the chance to continue the growth of U.S. Soccer.”
Schmid takes over for Thomas Rongen, who left for the manager’s job with Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. His first run with the U-20s saw Schmid take the United States into the round of 16 only to lose 3-2 to Spain. Schmid oversaw a talented team in 1999, including Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Cory Gibbs, Tim Howard and Taylor Twellman.
Schmid also has served as an assistant for the national team, when in 1994 he was Bora Milutinovic’s lieutenant. Also Schmid built a strong resume on the collegiate level with UCLA, winning three titles with players like Brad Friedel and Cobi Jones. This job could likely be a way station for Schmid until his next opportunity arises, be it in MLS or on a higher rung with the national team set-up.
Original Article written by Aris Ohanessian