Yallop named MLS Coach of the Year, Sigi fifth in voting
The San Jose Earthquakes won the Supporters’ Shield for the best record in Major League Soccer at 19-6-9 and on Tuesday, their head coach Frank Yallop was named MLS Coach of the Year in a landslide vote.
Yallop took 74 percent of the club vote, 63 percent of the media vote and 58 percent of the player vote to outstride Kansas City’s Peter Vermes (10%, 10% and 6%, respectively) and DC United head man Ben Olsen (3%, 6% and 16%). Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid finished fifth in voting.
Yallop previously won the award in 2001 in his first year as head coach with the Earthquakes. He left San Jose after the 2003 season to coach the Canadian National Team, returning to MLS in 2006 with the LA Galaxy, then made his return to the Earthquakes when the club came back as an expansion team in 2008, holding that post ever since.
In addition to the Coach of the Year award, MLS also announced Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson as the league’s Comeback Player of the Year winner. He narrowly topped DC United midfielder Chris Pontius while San Jose’s Alan Gordon finished a distant third. FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira finished fourth while Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani was fifth.
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