They are the boldest of the bold-faced names in the MLS coaching ranks. Bruce Arena and Sigi Schmid. Both have been on the US scene for decades, in the college ranks, national program and MLS. And although there is no rivalry, per se, there has always been a sense of intrinsic competition.
Now they square off again, in Sunday's second leg of the MLS Western Conference Championship (9 pm ET, ESPN, live chat on MLSsoccer.com) at CenturyLink Field. The Galaxy hold a 3-0 aggregate edge in the series, but who holds the edge between the coaches?
You decide. And tell us what you think in the comments below.
|MLS regular-season record||
|MLS playoff record||
|9-6-3||Head to head||6-9-3|
|5||MLS Cup final appearances||4|
|1||US Open Cups||4|
|3||MLS Coach of the Year awards||2|
|0||Honorific monumental tifos||1|
|Brooklyn, N.Y.||Place of birth||Tübingen, West Germany|
|Benched underperforming superstar Marco Etcheverry in 1996. Message received, el Diablo led United to the MLS Cup later that year||Defining moment||Winning MLS Cup 2008 with Columbus Crew, the culmination of a three-year development plan|
|Bob Bradley, Dave Sarachan, Richie Williams, Curt Onalfo||Notable assistants||Robert Warzycha, Martin Vasquez, Ezra Hendrickson|
Dark suit, no tie
|"Well, I'd hate to be in the room with all you guys." — April 5, 2012 episode||
Classic quote from
ExtraTime Radio podcast
|"If you contributed $500 [to the Sounders], I would actually make German potato salad for you. Along with some weisswurst. If you contributed $1,000, I'd give you my German potato salad recipe." — June 4, 2012, episode|