Cincinnati's Noonan named MLS Coach of the Year

Pat Noonan of <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:FC Cincinnati;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">FC Cincinnati</a> was named the 2023 MLS Coach of the Year (Lauren Sopourn)
Pat Noonan of FC Cincinnati was named the 2023 MLS Coach of the Year (Lauren Sopourn)

FC Cincinnati's Pat Noonan was named Major League Soccer's Coach of the Year on Tuesday after guiding his squad to the league's best regular-season record.

The 43-year-old American oversaw Cincinnati's rise from a last-place club to the 2022 MLS playoffs and this year's top mark at 20-5 with nine drawn for 69 points.

The Eastern Conference champions are set to host Philadelphia on Saturday in an MLS quarter-final playoff match.

Cincinnati's first Supporters' Shield win for best record included a 13-2-2 home record and a league-best 14 wins in one-goal matches.

Noonan, a former Philadelphia assistant coach, won with 45% of the total votes from players, team technical staff and a media panel.

He set the pace among players and staff but was edged in media voting by South African Bradley Carnell of St. Louis, who was second overall on 27.78%.

Cincinnati's lineup featured a trio of MLS All-Stars in Argentine midfielders Luciano Acosta and Álvaro Barreal and US defender Matt Miazga.

Noonan scored 42 goals in 183 MLS matches over a 10-year career with New England, Columbus, Colorado, Seattle and the Los Angeles Galaxy.