Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin Named 2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year
November 17, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release
NEW YORK - Major League Soccer today announced that Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin has been named the 2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year.
Password: Union2020 Download Video : Team award presentation and Jim Curtin's reaction Download Video : B-roll of Jim Curtin coaching In 2020, Curtin led Philadelphia to the club's first-ever piece of hardware - the Supporters' Shield - which was awarded by their passionate fans in recognition of the most points per game (2.04) with the best regular season record (14-4-5), earning top seed and homefield advantage in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. During a record-setting season, the Union posted an unblemished 9-0-0 mark at Subaru Park, achieving the first perfect home record over an entire season in league history. Philadelphia led MLS with a mere 20 goals allowed this season, posting 0.87 goals against average that ranks seventh-best in league.
Under Curtin's leadership, the Union have consistently increased their winning percentage each season, an upward trajectory that culminated in 2020 with by far the best mark in club history (.717).
After beginning his coaching career in the Philadelphia Union Academy in 2010, Curtin has moved his way up the club's coaching ranks. He became an assistant coach for the first team in 2012 before taking the helm as head coach in 2014 and leading the club to consecutive U.S. Open Cup Finals (2014, 2015). As a player, Curtin was an MLS All-Star with more than 150 appearances, and he becomes the fifth MLS player all-time to win Supporters' Shield as both a player and a head coach.
Curtin will lead the Philadelphia Union in Round One of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs on Nov. 24 when they face the lower advancing team from the Play-In Round.
The 2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media, and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:
Coach of the Year Player % Club % Media % Final %
Jim Curtin (PHI) 33.38% 53.15% 44.49% 43.68%
Oscar Pareja (ORL) 20.73% 18.92% 32.42% 24.02%
Greg Vanney (TOR) 4.57% 5.41% 4.24% 4.74%
Giovanni Savarese (POR) 4.27% 5.41% 3.81% 4.50%
Caleb Porter (CLB) 5.64% 2.70% 2.33% 3.56%
Peter Vermes (SKC) 3.66% 3.60% 2.75% 3.34%
Gary Smith (NSH) 2.29% 3.60% 4.03% 3.31%
Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year Winners:
2020: Jim Curtin - Philadelphia Union
2019: Bob Bradley - Los Angeles Football Club
2018: Gerardo "Tata" Martino - Atlanta United
2017: Greg Vanney - Toronto FC
2016: Oscar Pareja - FC Dallas
2015: Jesse Marsch - New York Red Bulls
2014: Ben Olsen - D.C. United
2013: Caleb Porter - Portland Timbers
2012: Frank Yallop - San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Bruce Arena - LA Galaxy
2010: Schellas Hyndman - FC Dallas
2009: Bruce Arena - LA Galaxy
2008: Sigi Schmid - Columbus Crew SC
2007: Preki - Chivas USA
2006: Bob Bradley - Chivas USA
2005: Dominic Kinnear - San Jose Earthquakes
2004: Greg Andrulis - Columbus Crew SC
2003: Dave Sarachan - Chicago Fire
2002: Steve Nicol - New England Revolution
2001: Frank Yallop - San Jose Earthquakes
2000: Bob Gansler - Kansas City Wizards
1999: Sigi Schmid - LA Galaxy
1998: Bob Bradley - Chicago Fire
1997: Bruce Arena - D.C. United
1996: Thomas Rongen - Tampa Bay Mutiny
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from November 17, 2020
- By the Numbers: Analyzing the Keys to Colorado's Success in 2020 - Colorado Rapids
- Baseball Hall of Famer and Seattle Icon Ken Griffey Jr. and Family Join Sounders FC Ownership Group - Seattle Sounders FC
- By the Numbers: the Opening Round of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs - Orlando City SC
- Inter Miami CF Set to Play First Playoff Match in Club History on Friday against Nashville SC - Inter Miami CF
- The Importance of the Captain: Nani, Lions Gear up for Postseason - Orlando City SC
- Inter Miami CF Honors 'Sholem Corazon Valiente' with MLS Community MVP Award Presented by Wells Fargo - Inter Miami CF
- Toronto FC Announce Academy Mentorship Program - Toronto FC
- Kelly Koeun Named Rapids' 2020 Community MVP Presented by Wells Fargo - Colorado Rapids
- Houston Dynamo Football Club and Houston Dash Unveil New Club Initiatives, Brand Identity and Primary Badges - Houston Dynamo
- Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin Named 2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year - Philadelphia Union
- Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin Named 2020 Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year - MLS
- New England Revolution COVID-19 Update - New England Revolution
- Win Or Go Home: Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Kick off - This Week in MLS - MLS
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.