Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Toronto FC's Greg Vanney has been named the MLS Coach of the Year.
Vanney, 43, led Toronto FC to a record-breaking season in 2017, piling up 69 points, the most in a season in MLS history. Toronto FC also posted a 20-5-9 record. Vanney's squad faces the Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in an MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship match at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario.
That series is currently tied at 0-0 going into the second leg.
The third-year head coach was awarded with the honor on Monday. He owns a 51-35-26 record as Toronto's leading man,
Gerardo "Tata" Martino, Veljko Paunovic, Patrick Viera, Carl Robinson and Gregg Berhalter finished behind Vanney in the voting, done by MLS club management, media and current MLS players.
Toronto FC is loaded with talent, including the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidor, Victor Vazquez and Unites States Men's National Team captain Michael Bradley.
Vanney became Toronto FC boss on Aug. 31, 2014. He re-signed with a multi-year extension on July 14. He holds franchise records for matches managed, wins and playoff wins. He has also led the squad to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs appearances. He was a six-time Coach of the Week this season.
"Since taking over as our head coach, Greg and his staff have worked tirelessly to build a championship caliber team on-field, setting many records along the way," Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a news release.
"On behalf of everyone at Toronto FC we want to express how proud we are of Greg for this well-deserved honour."