Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Schmid and Arena head Coach of the Year nominees
by Ridge Mahoney, October 25th, 2011 12:21AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS AWARDS FINAL FIVE] When MLS sends out its ballots for the end-of-the-year awards, clearly stated is that selections should be based on performances in league matches, with all external competitions -- Open Cup, Concacaf, friendlies, etc. -- excluded. Such a decree is easy to stipulate and difficult to implement, since the league has instilled policies of travel, budget, and resources through which its teams can be more competitive in the Concacaf Champions League, for example.

In addition to romping to the Supporters’ Shield with the best overall record, the Galaxy qualified for the CCL quarterfinals.

And ignoring a third straight U.S. Open Cup as well as CCL advancement for Seattle and its head coach, Sigi Schmid, is probably next to impossible. He and the Galaxy’s Bruce Arena top the list of finalists that also includes Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City), Dominic Kinnear (Houston), Peter Nowak (Philadelphia), and Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas).

Yet even had the Sounders not earned a third consecutive trophy, Schmid would get a lot of votes. An expansion team in name only when it embarked on MLS in 2009, Seattle has qualified for the playoffs in each season, and in 2011 finished second only to the Galaxy in overall points.

In April, dynamic attacker Steve Zakuanisuffered a badly broken leg from which he’s still recovering. Seattle stocked up with newcomers Erik Friberg and Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero scored 12 goals, and  Mike Fucito, Lamar Neagle, Osvaldo Alonso and Alvaro Fernandez also took up the slack. The Sounders led the league with 56 goals yet were third in fewest goals allowed (37).

Arena has resources and backing a lot of his counterparts can only dream about, yet in a league as restrictive as MLS, he’s made a good team better. Under his tutelage, midfielder Juninho has blossomed into one of the league’s top midfielders and despite losing starting keeper Donovan Ricketts for the bulk of the season, the Galaxy defense allowed the fewest goals (28). L.A. also became only the third team in league history to finish the regular season unbeaten at home (12-0-5).

Vermes, Kinnear and Nowak overhauled their 2010 also-rans to finish first, second, and third, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. Here are the points-per-game for each team the past two seasons, with 2010 listed first: Sporting Kansas City (1.30/1.50); Houston (1.10/1.44); Philadelphia (1.03/1.41). In each case, the improvement is significant.

Both Hyndman and Jason Kreis at Real Salt Lake steered their teams to solid seasons that have sputtered in the past month or so. They can redeem their seasons in the playoffs but the votes are due now.

MLS COACH OF THE YEAR FINAL FIVE
1. Schmid.
2. Arena.
3. Vermes.
4. Nowak.
5. Kinnear.



1 comment
  1. John Soares
    commented on: October 25, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
    Have to go with Ric on this one... Not only on results/acomplishments, but doing it after losing two of the three top forwards (White and Zakuani) for the season, after only a few games.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Week 9: Results and standings    
The New York Red Bulls' attack came alive with four goals as they trounced FC Dallas, ...
NWSL: Reign's Fishlock sidelined with fractured tibia    
Jess Fishlock, an NWSL Best XI pick in each of her three seasons with the Seattle ...
MLS Week 9: Weekend schedule    
One of five Saturday afternoon matches features the Montreal Impact, first in the Eastern Conference, against ...
Soccer gets new Vegas pitchman: David Beckham    
A surprise pitchman at Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis' Thursday meeting with Las Vegas government officials ...
MLS Countdown: FC Dallas looks to rebound quickly    
FC Dallas, which plays at the New York Red Bulls in a battle of 2015 conference ...
Alex Morgan flexes her social media muscle    
If U.S. women's national team players want to show off their clout to make their case ...
What They're Saying: Seattle Sounders sports scientist Dave Tenney    
"One of the biggest red flags we have is guys that have kids. Almost across the ...
U.S. U-19 men fall to Slovakia on the way to final    
The Brad Friedel-coached U.S. U-19 men's national team, having already clinched a spot in the Slovakia ...
Video Pick: Dog invades field, kisses player    
The hound who ran onto the field during a Copa Libertadores game seemed especially happy to ...
What They're Saying: Tweet from Argentine club Tigre    
"Carrying the club inside you won't just be a metaphor." -- Tweet from Argentine club Tigre ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives