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ProSoccerTalk’s MLS awards choices: Coach of the Year

Nov 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

We continue to roll out our choices for the league’s top defender, top goalkeeper, top rookie, MVP and more:

Today we look at ProSoccerTalk’s writer’s picks for Major League Soccer’s Coach of the Year:

  • Steve Davis

source:  Caleb Porter, Portland Timbers

This is easily the toughest choice for me, with three managers from the Western Conference fully deserving. (By the way, the fact that New York’s Mike Petke, blessed with such a talented roster, is one of three official MLS finalists rather than Colorado’s Oscar Pareja is a darn shame.) Porter gets my vote for orchestrating the greatest turnaround. It wasn’t just the raw improvement of the numbers (the club improved by 23 points, going from 8th place to 1st in the West) but a turnabout of such high style, too.


  • Richard Farley

source:  Caleb Porter, Portland Timbers

We usually vote for the coach who does the most with what he’s got, but when you think about it, that just ends up filling an information void for an award where we have very little clue as to coaches’ real contributions. We’re not there, watching the team on a minute-by-minute basis, so we go with what we can see. But with the Timbers, we clearly saw the complete overhaul – the effect of those minute-by-minute contributions. Porter didn’t just turn a team around. He remade one.


  • Joe Prince-Wright

source:  Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake

To perform such a stunning overhaul and still bring success to RSL is a remarkable achievement. Kreis, and the club for that matter, go about their business with minimum fuss and are the envy of most MLS sides. A strong youth policy and clear playing philosophy has helped them keep on par and ahead of their wealthier rivals. The job Kreis has done is phenomenal… can RSL keep hold of him?

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  1. rondempsey13 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Reblogged this on Best Spokane Soccer Clubs and commented:
    The coach of the year voting in the MLS was a close race this year. Similar Coach of the contests are run all the time where the soccer community votes. Thanks to BSSC for the Spokane Soccer Coach of the year contest.

  2. danielofthedale - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Porter did a good job but the Timbers underachieved last season. The talent was playoff quality bit he took them from a 3-4 seed team to a one seed. That said I still Kries is the guy. You take out a starter at each level of the spine of the team to start the season I thought they might not even make the playoffs. Add in the time missed by Beckerman and Sabo with National team duty and Javi having to have his minutes monitored and turn them into a Supporters Shield contender. That just edges out Porter and Oscar.

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