Bruce Arena has been given this season's MLS coach of the year award.
He was chosen over fellow finalists Sigi Schmid of the Sounders and Robert Warzycha of the Columbus Crew.
Arena is a former member of the Tacoma Tides pro soccer club and he got his coaching start at the University of Puget Sound.
In his second season with LA, he led the Galaxy to a 12-6-12 record, the top of the Western Conference standings and its first playoff berth since 2005. In 2008, the Galaxy finished at the bottom of the Western Conference with an 8-13-9 record and 33 points while also giving up a League-high 62 goals.
This is the second MLS Coach of the Year honor for Arena. He joins Schmid and current U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley as the league's two-time winners. The full MLS release is available at MLSnet.com. Here is the remaining league award announcement schedule:
ThursdayRookie of the Year
MondayMLS Best XI
Wednesday, Nov. 18Goal of the YearSave of the Year
Thursday, Nov. 19MLS Most Valuable Player
Saturday, Nov. 21MLS Commissioner’s Award