The title of coach of the year Major League Soccer will be named in honor of the late Sigi Schmid, announced Friday the league.

Schmid died on Christmas day at the age of 65, leaving behind a legacy as a great football coach.

"Sigi has been an important part of our league since the very early years of our history and he has had a significant impact on everyone he has touched throughout his life and his coaching career" said MLS commissioner Don Garber. "While many members of the football community will remember him for his success on the field, it is his kindness and great qualities as a father, husband and mentor that have made him such a special person."

The German Schmid won three national championships at UCLA, where he played from 1972 to 1975, during a term from 1980 to 1999.

During this period, Schmid was also assistant to the United States national team at the 1994 World Cup.

Schmid would go on to Major League Soccer in 1999, taking control of LA Galaxy, where he would win an MLS Cup in 2002.

Schmid also won an MLS Cup in a three-year race as head coach of the Columbus Crew, winning the title in 2008.

He would then become the manager of the Seattle Sounders for their first season in the league in 2009 and stay with the club until he was fired in the middle of the 2016 season.

Schmid made one last stop in his coaching career when he returned to Galaxy's mid-season to replace Curt Onalfo in 2017. He would hold his position for a year. He resigned in September 2018, Galaxy fighting for the post-season MLS.

In total, Schmid has won 240 regular season MLS games, added 26 playoff wins, and is the most successful MLS coach.

He also won five American Open Cups, four in Seattle and one with the Galaxy in 2001, as well as three Supporters' Shield for the league's best record, one with each of the three MLS clubs he led.

Schmid won the award that will bear his name twice – in 2002 and 2008, when he won the MLS Cup.

The announcement of the name of the award was made just before the MLS SuperDraft, where UCLA midfielder, Frankie Amaya, was ranked first in the overall standings by the U.S. team. expansion of Cincinnati FC.