Sigi Schmid
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"Siegfried "Sigi" Schmid" is a German-American association football Manager (association football)/coach who coaches Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer (MLS). Born in Tübingen, West Germany, he moved to the United States with his family when he was a child. He played college soccer from 1972 to 1975 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a starting midfielder in each of his four years. He coached his former college team, the UCLA Bruins men's soccer/UCLA Bruins, between 1980 and 1999. During that period, he became one of the most successful collegiate coaches of all time, leading the Bruins to a record of 322–63–33 (wins–losses–draws). The team made 16 consecutive playoff appearances from 1983 to 1998, winning the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship/national championship in 1985, 1990, and 1997. Schmid also worked with United States Soccer Federation/US Soccer throughout the 1990s.

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Sebastian is a very attractive player. He has a huge pedigree in soccer and he has a strong desire to play in the States. He has the potential to be an impact player in this league.

It is a competitive position, but I don't think any player should lose his position due to injury. When you are out a long time, it gets a little bit harder.

Frankie needs to step up in a more vocal leadership role, off as well as on the field. He has always been viewed as the surfer dude. He is not going to quit being that guy, but I need him to be Frankie the surfer dude who is also a good leader. I think Frankie is ready for that.

We don't want to push him too quickly too early. With a player like Duncan, you need to be careful because he is the type of guy that gives you everything he has. We have to keep the reins on him.

Joel is a young guy who can play a number of different positions. He is big plus for us as well.

We are very excited about the addition of Tim Ward. He is a very good young player with a bright future ahead of him and he can play a number of different positions.

My objective is that we want to win a title this year. If it doesn't happen, we are going to be immensely better than last year. It doesn't take that long to turn around a team.

He is the type of player that has a tremendous desire to win. He needs to be an example to our younger players. He needs to be a vocal player, but he can't do any of that until he gets on the field, so first he needs to get healthy.

I think we've created a much more competitive environment. There is competition in all of the facets of the field.