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November 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Sigi Schmid falls second to LA’s Arena for top coach award

LA Galaxy Logo.jpgIt was no surprise that Los Angeles Galaxy’s Bruce Arena and Sounders FC’s Sigi Schmid finished as the top two in MLS Coach of the Year voting.

The big question was who would win, and that honor fell to Arena by a comfortable margin the league announced Monday.

Arena swept all three voting categories, carrying the club vote (29.17-percent), media vote (31.87) and player vote (29.7). Schmid was second in each — 20.83, 27.47, 21.21, respectively.

My vote went to Schmid, but I feel Arena is certainly very deserving.

Sporting Kansas City’s Peter Vermes finished third, followed by Philadelphia’s Peter Nowak and Portland’s John Spencer.

Arena is the first three-time winner of the award, having also won in 2009 and 1997. Schmid and Bob Bradley are the two others that had won twice. As mentioned in the previous post, the Galaxy won the Supporters’ Shield for the second year in a row and finished the season with 67 points, the second-most in MLS history.

As we all know, L.A. will also be playing for the MLS Cup at home on Sunday against Houston — the Galaxy went undefeated at The Home Depot Center this season. Arena, who coached the U.S. men’s national team from 1998 to 2006, will be coaching in his fifth final, a league record.

Previous winners after the jump…

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MLS Coach of the Year Winners:

2011: Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy

2010: Schellas Hyndman – FC Dallas

2009: Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy

2008: Sigi Schmid – Columbus Crew

2007: Preki – Chivas USA

2006: Bob Bradley – Chivas USA

2005: Dominic Kinnear – San Jose Earthquakes

2004: Greg Andrulis – Columbus Crew

2003: Dave Sarachan – Chicago Fire

2002: Steve Nicol – New England Revolution

2001: Frank Yallop – San Jose Earthquakes

2000: Bob Gansler – Kansas City Wizards

1999: Sigi Schmid – Los Angeles Galaxy

1998: Bob Bradley – Chicago Fire

1997: Bruce Arena – D.C. United

1996: Thomas Rongen – Tampa Bay Mutiny

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