Arena named MLS Coach of the Year

BY foxsports • November 14, 2011

David Beckham has been voted Major League Soccer's comeback player of the year and Bruce Arena has earned coach of the year as the Los Angeles Galaxy swept both awards.

After missing most of the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Beckham had 15 assists as the Galaxy finished with the league's best regular-season record. He received 59.76 percent of voting by media, players and club officials announced Monday, with the percentage of each group totaled.

DC United forward Charlie Davies, joining MLS after serious injuries in an October 2009 car crash, was second with 57.81 percent following by Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro with 41.52 percent.

Arena became the first three-time winner of the coach award, following 1997 with D.C. United and 2009 with the Galaxy.

This season, Arena’s Galaxy team won the Supporters Shield for the second consecutive year and achieved the second-best recordin MLS history.

Arena was hired as head coach and general manager of the Galaxy in 2008. Since then, the Galaxy has gone 51-23-30 in 89 regular season games.

On Sunday, Arena will be a head coach in MLS Cup for the fifth time, also a league record.

Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid finished second in the voting, with Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City ending up in third.