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League-Leading Galaxy Fires Coach

August 16, 2004

CARSON, Calif. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Galaxy fired coach Sigi Schmid on Monday despite leading Major League Soccer with 34 points.

No successor was named.

Schmid’s dismissal follows Saturday’s scoreless tie against the Columbus Crew that extended Los Angeles’ winless streak to five games.

The Galaxy is 0-1-4 during that stretch, scoring only three goals, and 9-6-7 overall.

Los Angeles has a two-point lead over Kansas City in the Western Conference, but has played two more games.

After winning the MLS championship in 2002, Los Angeles went 9-12-9 last season, the team’s worst record in the league’s eight-year history.

Schmid, 51, was named the Galaxy coach on April 22, 1999. He guided the team to the MLS Cup three times, with Los Angeles’ lone title coming in a 1-0 overtime win over New England.

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