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December 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Caleb Porter named MLS Coach of Year; Lamar Neagle third in comeback race

The start of the week has come with a few more MLS postseason awards. First off, Portland’s Caleb Porter was voted Coach of the Year after leading the Timbers to an incredible 23-point turnaround and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

It was Porter’s first season in the league and ended in the conference finals. Here was the voting breakdown (and he got my vote):

Coach (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Caleb Porter (POR) 30.61 58.44 37.23 126.28
Mike Petke (NY) 30.61 28.57 26.6 85.78
Jason Kreis (RSL) 12.25 3.9 10.43 26.58
Oscar Pareja (COL) 8.16 2.6 9.36 20.12

In the other race, New England’s Kevin Alston was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year after returning to the field this season from a rare but treatable form of leukemia. He left the team in April for four and a half months of treatment.

Sounders FC’s Lamar Neagle finished third in the voting and was actually the top vote-getter among players. He came back from a down year in Montreal (if you can really consider that a comeback) and set career highs with eight goals, four assists and 20 points, among many other categories.

Neagle, a Federal Way native, admittedly called the nomination “weird”.

“It’s not like a really went anywhere,” he said months ago. “I went to Canada. I guess that’s a comeback.”

Here was the voting breakdown.

Player (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Kevin Alston (NE) 35.42 48.05 16.34 99.81
Conor Casey (PHI) 29.17 18.18 15.27 62.62
Lamar Neagle (SEA) 8.33 7.79 19.35 35.47
Donovan Ricketts (POR) 10.42 7.79 16.77 34.98

Previous winners for these awards after the jump:

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MLS Coach of the Year Winners:

2013: Caleb Porter – Portland Timbers
2012:
Frank Yallop – San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Bruce Arena – LA Galaxy
2010: Schellas Hyndman – FC Dallas
2009: Bruce Arena – Los Angeles 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

MLS Comeback Player of the Year Winners:

2013: Kevin Alston – New England Revolution
2012:
Eddie Johnson – Seattle Sounders FC
2011: David Beckham – Los Angeles Galaxy
2010: Bobby Convey – San Jose Earthquakes
2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
2008: Kenny Cooper – FC Dallas
2007: Eddie Johnson – Kansas City Wizards
2006: Richard Mulrooney – FC Dallas
2005: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
2004: Brian Ching – San Jose Earthquakes
2003: Chris Armas – Chicago Fire
2002: Chris Klein – Kansas City Wizards
2001: Troy Dayak – San Jose Earthquakes
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards

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