I'm surprised that nobody has posted a thread about the coach yet, but it seems appropriate now that the season is over. How would you guys rate his performance? I think that he's done an excellent job with respect to personnel selection. The players he found during the offseason have played very well for us, especially the guys selected to solidify the defense. - Carlos Valdes was a great acquisition. Valdes has been excellent paired with Danny Califf. Our two CB's have allowed among the lowest number of shots on goal in the league. - Brian Caroll has been very effective at keeping pressure off the back four and breaking up our opponents' attack in the midfield. - Faryd Mondragon really shored up our leaky goalkeeping. Zac MacMath has shown that he's an excellent keeper as well; he really stepped up when Mondragon was injured. - Sheanon Williams was acquired last year, but he's improved to the point where he's among the best wingbacks in the league. Klinsmann is a fool for not calling him up. - Roger Torres has really improved this year with increased playing time. - Paunovic was a good acquisition and is able to play a number of different attacking roles. He is decent defensively as well. - Ruiz, during his time with the club, was putting the ball into the net when nobody else was. It's debatable whether introducing him into the lineup screwed up the Mwanga/LeToux chemistry. The results have certainly been much better than last year. We lost far fewer games, and only lost at home once during the regular season. On the other hand, we have a lot of trouble attacking. Most of the time the attack consists of dumping a long ball to LeToux behind the opposition's back line and hoping he runs onto it to score. While this plays to LeToux's strength of making runs in space, it's not going to work against a team that doesn't play the high line, and it certainly doesn't work against a team that is bunkering. I don't think Nowak has any clear idea of how he wants the team to attack, because he was rotating the formation and the attacking personnel every week. For a coach at his level, this is really unacceptable, IMO. The lack of attacking chemistry means that most of the time when the team goes forward, the players just end up being dispossessed in the final third because they do not know what to expect from their teammates. As a result, the players stand around instead of making intelligent runs or quick combination passes. This confusion was readily apparent in last night's game, and it's something that we've seen all year. Nowak is heavily involved in aspects of the club other than just managing the team, so it's unlikely that he'll be going anywhere anytime soon. While I think a coach ought to be given at least three years to execute a plan, the results during this playoff run were not at all encouraging. We'll have to do far better next year against teams that will almost certainly be stronger than those we faced this year.