GALAXY NOTEBOOK: ANALYST AMUSES SCHMID.Byline: Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
FULLERTON - Before the Major League Soccer playoffs began, Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid Siegfried "Sigi" Schmid (born March 20 1953 in Tübingen, West Germany) is a soccer coach who currently heads the Columbus Crew.
Schmid moved from Germany to Torrance, California in 1962. He received a B.S. in economics from UCLA in 1976, and an M. introduced his team to a sports psychologist. He didn't want to give his team the impression they needed the extra help, but he thought it would be positive food for thought, especially in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
``Basically, he explained that the other team wants to win just as bad and that adversity is a struggle,'' Schmid said. ``His main (objective) stemmed from the ability to refocus and the ability to deal with adversity as it comes in whatever form. In a game it could be a missed tackle, a bad pass or missed assignment. And for any athlete, the ability to get rid of that (frustration) as quickly as possible so that you can get back to the task at hand.''
Schmid found it amusing when the sports psychologist said soccer players deal with frustration more than in other sports.
``He said you guys must like frustration because you're soccer players,'' Schmid said. ``He said we play for 90 minutes and score no goals or one goal. If you wanted instant gratification, you would go and play basketball.''
--Next up: Whether or not the Galaxy defeats Chicago in the semifinals, it will return to Cal State Fullerton for one final game, on Oct. 27.
The Galaxy will face the New England Revolution The New England Revolution, nicknamed the Revs, is a professional soccer club based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, that participates in Major League Soccer. Even though the club is based in Foxborough, the club represents all of New England. in the U.S. Open The term U.S. Open is applied to "open" United States national championships in a particular sport, in which anybody, amateur or professional, American or non-American may compete. These include:
The Galaxy is still alive for the triple. It won the CONCACAF CONCACAF Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Soccer)
CONCACAF Confederacion Norte, Centroamericana y del Caribe de Futbol Asociacion (Spanish) Champions' Cup in January, which is the club championship for club teams from North and Central America Central America, narrow, southernmost region (c.202,200 sq mi/523,698 sq km) of North America, linked to South America at Colombia. It separates the Caribbean from the Pacific. and the Caribbean. Only two teams have won the U.S. Open Cup title and the MLS championship in the same year, but no team has won all three trophies in the same season.