Sigi Schmid may have led the Seattle Sounders to the Supporters' Shield. He may have helped engineer a turnaround that had the club in a legitimate crisis a year ago. He may have figured out how to manage some massive egos in the locker room. But, he didn't take a team from last-to-first-to-last-and-back-to-first again the way Ben Olsen did at D.C. United, so he's not Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year.
Schmid finished a distant second in voting behind Olsen, who had won all three voting blocs by at least 12 percentage points and raked in a whopping 42 percent of the media's vote.
It's not so much surprising that Schmid didn't win, but the margin of victory is a little ridiculous especially considering that Olsen is apparently getting credit for turning around a mess that was at least partially of his own making. Schmid, it could be argued, had a tougher task ahead of him, figuring out how to make a very good team great, as opposed to a bad team good.
It was also announced that Rodney Wallace won Comeback Player of the Year, with Stefan Frei coming in a not-so-distant third.