Kurt Schmid joins Galaxy coaching staff

Kurt Schmid, a Seattle Sounders scout and assistant coach since 2009, has been named Los Angeles Galaxy Director of Player Personnel and Scouting. The move reunites him with his father, Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid, who served as Sounders head coach in 2009-2016.

Kurt Schmid will work on scouting and identifying talent at the collegiate, national and international level for LA Galaxy and LA Galaxy II. He will also work with the Galaxy technical staff on player evaluation, interacting with agents and facilitating MLS communication and CBA compliance.

“With where the team finished last season, we really need to improve on all facets-- whether it’s goalkeeping, the backline, midfield, or the front line. We need to improve each one of those positions. I don’t think that anyone gets a pass,” Kurt Schmid told LA Galaxy Insider. “There are definitely pieces to build around, and there are good pieces from a starting lineup standpoint, from a depth standpoint, and from a youth standpoint. There are guys who can grow and get better.

“We will look abroad and domestically to find the right pieces to strengthen the core and spine of the team, both on the field and off. We will also find the right veteran pieces to give the roster some depth as well to weather the MLS season.”

Prior his tenure with Seattle, which won MLS Cup 2016 and four U.S. Open Cups, Schmid served as assistant coach at Saint Mary’s College and UC Irvine. He was a Region IV ODP boys coaching staff member and also coached at West Coast FC, South Bay Soccer Club and South High School in Torrance, California.

Schmid played college ball at Wake Forest and UCLA, from which he graduated with a degree in Business-Economics.

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