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Thursday cannon fodder: rest in peace Sigi Schmid

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I know the title of today’s CF is a bit of a departure from the norm, but I felt it appropriate given the impact that Sigi Schmid had on soccer in the U.S. Schmid, alongside Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley, set the standard for a generation of coaches. He is the all-time winningest coach in MLS history, and if you look around the soccer world on social media, you’ll find an endless number of heartfelt tributes.

Check out the comments on Sounder at Heart’s announcement of Schmid’s passing
Players, pundits, coaches, and columnists have ample space to commemorate Sigi. The comments give you an idea of what he meant to the fans.

Armchair Analyst shares two stories about Sigi Schmid
One is about the time he led the U.S. U20’s to victory over Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The other is about watching the 2016 MLS Cup final with Schmid months after he’d been fired by Seattle.

Racism once again rears its ugly head in football
This time, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants and taunts by Inter Milan fans. Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti said the next time it happens, he will lead his team off the pitch, even if it means they forfeit. This kind of thing HAS to stop.

Sian Massey-Ellis is a baller
Massey-Ellis talks about the changing demographics of refereeing, being a female referee, and what it takes, generally, to be a referee at the highest level. She wants to be seen not as a female referee, just as a referee.

Sunderland Til I Die is getting rave reviews
I’ve not seen the Netflix documentary yet, but it is high up on my list. It looks at football from a different perspective - that of the supporter.

Bacary Sagna signs new contract with Montreal Impact
The former Arsenal right back made an immediate impact when he joined the club in August (see what I did there?).

Sol Campbell-led Macclesfield Town gets a big win
It’s not so much about the game recap here. It’s more that their nickname is the Silkmen. Also, every win Campbell manages will make me happy - he wanted to be a manager for so long, and I want to see him succeed.

Nicolo Zaniolo scored one of the most disrespectful goals of the season
The Roma attacker flat-out embarrassed his defender and the keeper. Definitely worth the 15 second click through.