SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes' Frank Yallop won Major League Soccer's coach of the year award Tuesday after directing San Jose to the Supporters' Shield title this season.

Yallop, who won the award one other time in his 10-year career, received 65 percent of the vote, well ahead of second-place Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City.

Yallop hopes to have all of the main players from the record-setting club back next season, including English striker Simon Dawkins.

Yallop said Tuesday the Quakes are negotiating with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Dawkins, who played the past two seasons in San Jose on loan deals with the English Premier League club. General manager John Doyle and president Dave Kaval recently went to London to try to strike a deal. The team cannot sign the Englishman until the January transfer window.

The talented forward who had eight goals in 2012 has said he doesn't want to be loaned out again.

"We're expecting Simon back next year," Yallop said.

The coach expressed gratitude Tuesday over getting recognized. But he credited his players and management for the allowing him to win it. The former English defender led the Quakes through one of the biggest turnarounds in MLS history after the team failed to make the playoffs in 2011.

San Jose (19-6-9) improved by 28 points with a club-record 66 points this year.

Yallop said the Quakes built a special chemistry among themselves and with the coaching staff.

"There are not many times in a players' life where you feel this was meant to be," Yallop said. "Part of what we built here is a joy to coach."


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Yallop and Doyle built the Earthquakes from scratch when San Jose re-entered MLS as an expansion team in 2008. The club went through some major roster changes for the first five years but has made the playoffs in two of the past three seasons.

The Los Angeles Galaxy rallied to eliminate San Jose in the MLS Cup playoffs this year when the Quakes had four starters playing with injuries.

  • Striker Alan Gordon, who recently underwent minor hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, finished third in voting for comeback player of the year, won by Seattle's Eddie Johnson.