League-Leading Galaxy Fires Coach
Aug. 16, 2004
CARSON, Calif. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Galaxy fired coach Sigi Schmid on Monday despite leading Major League Soccer with 34 points.
Team president and general manager Doug Hamiltion said he expect to name a new coach soon.
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.
``This is a painful decision,'' Hamilton said in a conference call. ``I regret having to do this. Sigi is a good man that has given a lot to this club and this community.
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.
A message was left for Schmid on his cellular phone.