Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena and midfielder David Beckham each picked up Major League Soccer honors Monday. Arena won coach of the year for the third time and Beckham was named the league's comeback player of the year.
Arena led the Galaxy to a 19-5-10 regular-season mark, giving it the league's best record for the second consecutive season. The Galaxy also won all three of its playoff matches and is unbeaten this season at the Home Depot Center, which is where the team will play Sunday's MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo.
Arena, the only three-time winner as the MLS' top coach, will be a head coach in an MLS Cup for the fifth time, also a league record.
"At this point in my career you can certainly appreciate why you're in a position to be recognized in these awards," Arena said. "In our particular case, I have a great coaching staff, my players are excellent and have had a great season. I have a great organization and for me this award is an award for our organization, not for me individually.