Dallas' Hyndman is MLS coach of the year
Schellas Hyndman, who oversaw the rejuvenation of FC Dallas in his second full season since leaving the college ranks, has been named the MLS coach of the year, finishing ahead of New York's Hans Backe and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis.
With a modest roster, Dallas had a 12-4-14 regular season record for third place in the competitive Western Conference, lost just once at home, and conceded the third-fewest goals in the league. FCD will play at Los Angeles in the conference final Sunday. In doing so, Hyndman helped rekindle interest in the club and the league in Dallas, one of MLS's softest markets.
Kreis led reigning champion RSL to the second slot in the West and the league record for fewest goals conceded. In his first year at New York, Backe guided the star-packed Red Bulls to first place in the Eastern Conference.
As a reminder, MLS has declined to release details about the voting breakdown for postseason awards, a policy that fails to satisfy curiosity about the margin of victory and undermines the credibility of the process. We're not questioning the validity of Hyndman's honor; he is quite deserving and was the Insider's first choice. But the league's transparency needs to improve. Hopefully, this flawed system will be fixed next year.
| November 11, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
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