(Montreal) Despite a season that exceeded expectations, he was left out of the playoff portrait on the final day of that season, with CF Montreal having no representative for year – end personal honors in the MLS. And added Wilfried Nancy as head coach of the year.
Although Bruce Arena of the New England Revolution was the favorite to win the Sigma Schmidt Trophy after leading his team to an MLS record of 73 points, many observers believed Nancy was a worthy candidate for consideration.
However, following the ballot of MLS players, team technical staff and journalists, Robin Fraser (Colorado Rapids) and Brian Schmeitzer (Seattle FC Saunders) wrestled in the arena to win the trophy on three occasions.
Prior to the start of the season, many experts put CF Montreal last in the Eastern Conference, especially after the team’s decision to give Nancy, the rookie in this league, the head coach position, following the unexpected resignation of Thierry Henry at the end of February.
However, despite having a young team with many newcomers and playing their first game at Saputo Stadium in mid-July, Nancy helped keep the Montreal team at a high level for a place in the playoffs until the decisive day. Season, November 7.
Orlando City needed a home win over SC to achieve this feat, but the Nancy men lost 2-0.
CF Montreal (12-12-10) finished the season with 46 points at 10.E The rank is seventh, two points behind the New York Red Bulls, and the second gives access to the playoffs at the Eastern Conference.
This Sunday, the Montreal team returns to Saputo Stadium to face Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship Final. With the win, CF Montreal qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League Tournament.
The revolution will dominate
Arena is one of the five representatives of the revolution competing for personal honor more than any other organization in the league. Nashville SC, Seattle Saunders and LA Galaxy have three.
Revolutionary nominee Canadian forward Tajon Buchanan is in the Young Player of the Year category (born 1)Is January 1999 or later).
Buchanan, 22, of Brampton, Ont. He should join FC Bruges, the Belgian league champions after the season.
Also on the list is midfielder Carles Gill, who is vying for the London Donovan Trophy, given to his team’s most valuable player. He wrestles with Valentine Costellanos (New York City FC), Honey Mukhtar (Nashville SC), Joao Paulo (Seattle Saunders) and Daniel Salloy (Sporting Kansas City).
Ryan Gould of Vancouver Whitecaps is the best newcomer to the MLS, and Justin Morrow of Toronto FC is one of the three Humanitarian of the Year contestants.
Journalist Neil Davidson, courtesy of The Canadian Press