The Galaxy manager wins the award for the third time.Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has won the 2011 MLS Coach of the Year award.
After leading the Galaxy to a 19-5-10 record in the regular season, Arena wins the award for the third time, having previously won it in 2009 with the Galaxy and in 1997 with D.C. United. He'll be coaching in his fifth MLS Cup Final this weekend.
In his fourth season with the club, the New York native has earned a 51-23-30 record, good for a .742 winning percentage. In 2011, the Galaxy were undefeated in 17 home matches and gained two more victories in the postseason.
Arena won the award with an overwhelming weighted total of 90.73, a combination of the percentages of the votes he won from three categories - club votes, media votes and player votes. Finishing second for the award was Seattle's Sigi Schmid, who was followed by Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City. Philadelphia Union team manager Peter Nowak and Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer rounded out the top five.
The Galaxy will welcome the Houston Dynamo to the Home Depot Center on Nov. 20 for the MLS Cup Final. The match will kickoff at 9 p.m. ET.
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