LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in Major League Soccer history who led the LA Galaxy to the first of the franchise’s five MLS Cup titles, stepped down Monday.
The Galaxy said Schmid’s resignation was effective immediately. Dominic Kinnear was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Schmid steps away from coaching with 266 wins in the regular season and the postseason combined. He won MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy in 2002 and the Columbus Crew in 2008. Schmid also coached the Seattle Sounders.
He was in his second stint with the Galaxy, having returned after Curt Onalfo was fired last summer.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to step away from coaching at this time, but would like to remain in the game,” Schmid said in a statement released by the team. “With six games remaining as the club fights for a playoff spot, I understand the timing of this decision is unfortunate. However, I believe this group can come together and fight for a spot this season under Dom’s guidance.”
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