- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 11, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Coach of the Year, Darren Huckerby, MLS Awards, Newcomer of the Year, Sigi Schmid
No real shockers today in the awards given out. San Jose Earthquakes Darren Huckerby took home the MLS Newcomer of the Year award, beating out FC Dallas midfielder Andre Rocha and Kansas City forward Claudio Lopez.
Huckerby was seen as one of the biggest reason to why the Quakes even made it close to the playoff picture in their first year back in the league. Huckerby joined the Earthquakes July 14 when the Quakes acquired his rights from Toronto FC. The former Norwich City star immediately made an impact on the field scoring six goals and with four assists in 14 games.
Coming over in the midseason he beat out two guys for the award that had a full half season on him. That just shows what kind of impact he made and how low on new talent the league really was this year.
Huckerby joins DC United’s Luciano Emilio on the Newcomer Award list.
Columbus Crew head coach Sigi Schmid also took home the award given to the league’s best coach. He beat out San Jose’s Frank Yallop and Houston’s Dominic Kinnear.
The Black & Gold went 17-7-6 and shattered the club record for points in a season (57) this year. Columbus also set new club marks for wins and goals (50) in the post-shootout era (since 2000). According to the Crwe’s website, based on points earned in the standings per game played, the Crew’s 2008 regular season (1.90 ppg) ranks as the fifth most successful in MLS history after the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy (2.13), 2001 Miami Fusion (2.04), 2005 San Jose Earthquakes (2.00) and 2001 Chicago Fire (1.96).
Schmid finally put together a real winner in Columbus that saw the Crew win the league’s Supporter’s Shield trophy, given to the best overall record in the regular season. It marks the second time that he has won the Coach of the Year award.
Previous coaching winners:
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