I had great intentions to write an intelligent post about the Coach of the Year award, and then this weekend happened. Between two BC Women's Soccer games and the two semifinal matches, plus all the other work I had to do, this post just wasn't going to happen.
So here are some quick hits. I've got a lot coming up this week before I drive up to Rochester on Thursday night for the NWSL Championship. Some more podcast recording, another rountable, plenty of editing and writing, laundry, you know, the usual.
And finally, Coach of the Year.
Who will win: Vlatko Andonovski
Who should win: Aaran Lines
Who I voted for: Laura Harvey
I'm still not convinced the Flash are overall a better team than FC Kansas City, but it's the playoffs and anything can happen, and FC Kansas City lost, so here we are. I'm glad the voting happened when it did, because I'm of the opinion that the team that wins the championship isn't always the best team, which is something that happens in all of sports anyway.
Regardless of the Andonovski vs Lines debate, which I'm already ridiculously sick of thanks to Twitter, my first place vote wasn't for either of them. It went to Laura Harvey, who might have gotten the best reward out of all of them: a contract extension until 2017. I had some panicked reactions when I brought up her name for the England gig, but I meant it. Every Reign player I talked to this season did not hesitate when I brought up her name and what she was doing for the team as they worked through their 0-9-2 start to the season.
Maybe I'm just sentimental, maybe I just like the story line of Seattle's season, even if they did peter out a bit at the end. Harvey's got a decent task ahead of her in this off-season: Pinoe's heading back to Lyon and will miss the start of the season, she's got to make the best of a draft with the consequences of the Keelin Winters trade finally hitting home. (By the way: this still isn't a trade I fault Seattle for; back in March we weren't even sure the NWSL was coming back for Year 2.)
It's going to be fun to watch what Seattle does. It's going to take some creative thinking, some smart draft picks, maybe another block-buster trade. But I can't wait to watch.
I'll have links this week to everything I'm working on, but expect a lot of coverage from The Equalizer this week as we count down to the Championship and we all trek up to Rochester this weekend.