Often with Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid people remember his history with the Columbus Crew and make a big deal of meetings between his current and former clubs. But Schmid also coached the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999-2004 and his tenure there ended abruptly when he was fired despite being in first place.
I asked him today how his personal rivalry with L.A. compared with that of Columbus considering the different ways his time with both clubs ended.
“L.A. (was) a long time ago,” he said. “It’s something that was a decision that they made. You all have jobs, you’re all professionals and I was in coaching for a while and it was the first time in my life I’d been told, ‘We don’t think what you’re doing is good enough. We don’t think your work is good enough.’ I think like all of us, if somebody came to you the next day in the office and said, ‘Your work’s not good enough. You’re out of here,’ it would hurt you a little bit and hurt your ego. Certainly it took me a little while to get over that but that’s all in the past. That’s all history. I have good conversations with Tim Leiweke, still talk to Phil Anschutz when we see each other and that whole relationship is very good and very strong — and they’ve gone their way. It’s been good for me. It’s allowed me to the grow. The time in Columbus was good and I’m having a great time in Seattle.”