When a club earns 60 points in a regular season, people tend to take notice. That is the case today as Major League Soccer announced the finalists for its 2015 awards.
Oscar Pareja was named a finalist for Coach of the Year and FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges earned a nomination for Defender of the Year.
FCD earned a club-record 60 points, tying New York Red Bulls with 18 wins in Pareja's second season as manager. Pareja will be going up against New York manager Jesse Marsch and Vancouver manager Carl Robinson for the top coach in 2015.
Hedges helped captain FCD in 2015 as he guided the defense to a franchise record 13 shutouts. Hedges has some stiff competition for this award as well, as he goes up against Montreal's Laurent Ciman and Vancouver's Kendall Waston.
The finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups:
• Current MLS players
• MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Chief Business Officers and PR Directors)
• Media members who consistently covered the 2015 MLS Regular Season