Sigi Schmid Leads Seattle Sounders FC to U.S. Open Cup Title

Oct. 5, 2011

Seattle, Wash. - Former UCLA player and coach Sigi Schmid led the Seattle Sounders FC to their third straight U.S. Open Cup title on Tuesday, defeating the Chicago Fire 2-0 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

The Sounders are the first Major League Soccer team to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles and the first team to accomplish the feat since Greek American from 1967-1969. Schmid has also led Seattle to an astounding 13-0-1 record in U.S. Open Cup play, including an 11-0-0 record at home with a 23-6 goal differential. Seattle is currently in second place in the Western Conference, seven points behind the first place Galaxy.

Schmid was a former four-year starter (1972-75) at midfielder for the Bruin soccer team and was selected All-Far West in 1975. He played in two NCAA title games and in the NCAA semifinals during his playing career. After graduating in 1976 with a B.S. in Economics, Schmid became a UCLA assistant coach in 1977 and in 1979 before beginning a most successful 19-year career as head coach in 1980. Schmid coached the Bruins to a 322-63-33 record, 16 consecutive post-season appearances and three national titles (1985, 1990, 1997) Schmid was also the National Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1997 and was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2004.

Former UCLA players Patrick Ianni and David Estrada are also on the roster of Seattle Sounders FC while Schmid's son Kurt Schmid is an assistant coach and scout. Finally, former UCLA All-American Chris Henderson is the technical director for the Sounders. Henderson played under Schmid on the 1990 NCAA Championship squad.

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vs. Mexican U-17 ...
Los Angeles, CA
T, 1 - 1
Saturday, Aug 22
vs. San Francisco
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. New Mexico
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 04
at Maryland
College Park, MD
L, 1 - 2 (OT)
Monday, Sep 07 - 10:00 AM PST
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Washington, DC
Sunday, Sep 13 - 5:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Sep 21 - 7:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 25 - 4:30 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 7:00 PM PST
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Friday, Oct 02 - 1:30 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Sunday, Oct 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Monday, Oct 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego State
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Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Oct 19 - 6:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 8:00 PM PST
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Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 3:00 PM PST
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Berkeley, CA
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Friday, Nov 06 - 2:00 PM PST
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Sunday, Nov 08 - 5:00 PM PST
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