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Here's the full context of Sigi Schmid's jab at Caleb Porter

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Schmid's emotional Hall of Fame induction speech talked about the need for humility, among other things.

Sigi Schmid was formally inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, along with Kasey Keller and Glenn Myernick. Schmid gave a wonderful speech, thanking a who's who of people who laid the groundwork for today's soccer landscape. At one point, when talking about his late mother, Schmid even fought back tears.

It was a really great speech (the whole thing is linked above).

But chances are the thing that most people will be talking about today is a jab Schmid took at Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter.

Here's the full context of what Schmid said: "When I was a very young coach and had what I thought was a very good team -- it was an under-19 team -- I was maybe 23 years old at the time and I thought I was pretty hot crap, maybe like a coach a little bit south of here, who we refuse to mention at this time (It's only a little joke, Caleb, take it that way).

"My team played this team from San Diego that was coached by Harry Tweedie Sr. and I thought I was a pretty hot coach with a pretty hot team. The score at the end of that game was 5-1 for San Diego. I tucked my tail between my legs and humbly walked off the field and realized I had been taught a great lesson and I always had a great deal of respect for him.

"So years later when I was considering staying at UCLA or go to the Galaxy, he told me in his distinctively Northern Irish accent -- that I'll try to imitate -- Sigi if one doesn't accept the challenges that life brings with it, then life isn't worth living. Based on that, as well as the advice of others, I decided to leave UCLA."