(Per Tommy's segment during Thursday's game on ESPN2) Candidates: Yallop Sarachan Bradley (Personally I'd throw in Hankinson over Bradley, just for the recognition of amazing Mile High turnaround) Tommy's Winner: Yallop I think it is really between Yallop and Sarachan and it may come down to playoff performance (and is a co-award or a coach of the year allocation to the Metros for that matter out of the question?). Here's one man's break down assuming the ability to coach (tactics, practice, substitutions and other non-measurable items) is even. Standings: EDGE - Sarachan - Albeit a slight edge due to the East being the tougher conference (through the absence of the Dallas Burn mostly.) Player Departures: EDGE - Sarachan - While SJ lost Graziani and Cannon, the departures of Stoitchkov, Wolff, Kovalenko and Nowak left a far more gaping hole for Chicago to fill. Injuries: EDGE - Yallop - SJ has been depleted by injuries all year and continues to be following the freak injury to Ching. 6 players on the Injury list! National Team Call-ups: EDGE - Sarachan - Armas, Bocanegra, Beasley and Williams missed more game days than Donovan, Mulrooney and Onstad. Wildcard: EDGE - Sarachan - The ability to take a team gutted in the offseason to the top of the division in his first campaign cannot be underestimated. Winner: Sarachan - Yallop's ability to overcome the SJ injuries has been the single biggest obstacle overcome by a MLS coach this season. However this only pulls Yallop close to Sarachan in the race, not in front. Sarachan taking the Fire to the top of the league in his first season should net him the award.