Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid will be seeing a lot of familiar faces this weekend.
Schmid, who coached against his former Seattle Sounders players and coaches in his first game back as Galaxy coach in July, will be on the sidelines Sunday for the first time in Seattle as the Galaxy visits the Sounders (Fox Sports 1, 6 p.m.).
“My son lives up there, so I have grandchildren up there, so they’re already saying when are we going to see, in German, grandpa is Opa, when are we going to see Opa,” Schmid said earlier this week. “I have to try to make time for that, when you have three grandkids.
“You hear from a lot of people, and also I’ve got more family up there, my brother is up there.”
Not only is Seattle where family is, but Schmid’s time there as coach of the Sounders was also special. He led the Sounders to four U.S. Open Cup titles (2009-11, 2014), the Supporters’ Shield (2014) and qualified for the MLS playoffs every year. He coached there from 2009-2016.
“It was a special time in Seattle,” Schmid said. “I thought we built something, and one thing I’m proud of is the foundation that we established in Seattle, not only from growing the fan base and having the tremendous atmosphere that exists, but also being a team that was in the hunt every year. … winning a Supporters’ Shield, winning four Open Cups, it was good.”
Schmid joked that he wasn’t sure how the Seattle supporters would treat him in his return.
“Hopefully they won’t make a tifo that will kill me or slaughter me,” Schmid said when asked how he would be received by the fans. “They had a nice tifo when I was their coach, but I think it will be good. I think my relationship with the fans up there was always good, and I think the fans, just like here with the Brigade, Galaxians and the Riot Squad, they’re the lifeblood of the club, and I think we as players and coaches have to understand that they’re an important part of the team, and it is the same in Seattle.”
Schmid and the Galaxy finally gave their fans something to be excited about with last week’s 3-0 victory over Colorado that snapped a 10-game winless streak.
“You always feel better after you win a game,” Schmid said. “For our team, it had been a long time, and so confidence will hopefully grow, and now we go into the next game away and we see what we get out of that.”
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