As we enter the final weeks of the MLS regular season, it’s about time to consider postseason awards.
One of the races that has been particularly popular is Coach of the Year, and here are links to discussion from Soccer America, Soccer by Ives, ProSoccerTalk, and ESPN analysts Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman.
Sounders FC’s Sigi Schmid isn’t mentioned as a finalist in the first two and comes in as the sixth coach mentioned in the latter two (with only Twellman saying Schmid deserves the title if Seattle wins the Supporters’ Shield).
It is something that has certainly caught my eye, particularly as the Sounders have essentially the best record in the league (15-8-6, 1.76 points per game). Not to mention Schmid has had to use 33 different lineups in 34 games this season in all competitions due to extensive injuries and national team call-ups.
I asked the coach after practice Friday if not being mentioned much is particularly bothersome or motivating.
“No, it doesn’t bother me,” Schmid said. “It doesn’t bother me at all. All I’m concerned about is our team doing well. If we can win trophies, I don’t care about the other side of it, the individual awards. It doesn’t matter.”
So is it just a matter of everyone expecting success from the Sounders (not to mention a $9 million payroll)?
“You just go out there and you play,” he said. “There’s an expectation that we do well and then there’s doubt when we struggle a little bit all of a sudden. It can’t be both ways. It has to be one way or the other. I think for us, it’s just a matter of we have to concentrate on what we’re doing as a team, concentrate on the next game, and leave everything else behind. We don’t have to worry about Coach of the Year awards. We don’t have to worry about MVP awards. We don’t worry about Defender of the Year. We don’t have to worry about any of that stuff. We just have to do our job.”
What do you think?
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