Bruce Arena of the Los Angeles Galaxy was honored Monday as Major League Soccer coach of the year, edging Sigi Schmid of Sounders FC.
Also, the league announced that the Galaxy’s David Beckham won the comeback player of the year award. After missing most of the 2010 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, Beckham had 15 assists. DC United forward Charlie Davies, joining MLS after serious injuries in an October 2009 car crash, was second and Chicago Fire forward Dominic Oduro was third.
Arena led the Galaxy to a 19-5-10 record, best in MLS this season and second-best in league history. He will coach in his league-record fifth MLS Cup at 6 p.m. Sunday when Los Angeles meets Houston at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
He becomes the first three-time winner of the MLS coaching award, moving ahead of Schmid, who won in 1999 with Los Angeles and 2008 with Columbus.
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Schmid led the Sounders to the second-best record in the league (18-7-9). He finished second in combined voting of clubs, media and players, ahead of Peter Vermes of Kansas City.