Earlier this afternoon, the United Soccer League (USL) announced that Louisville City FC manager James O’Connor had been voted Coach of the Month for April by the USL National Media Panel and the USL Technical Committee. And for good reason. In April, Louisville went 3-0-1, and claimed 16 out of a possible 18 points, in-route to the club’s best start in its history.
This got me thinking about Sacramento Republic FC manager Simon Elliott and the job he has done through the first 10 weeks of the season. Consider that he’s only three months on the job, Republic FC are off to their best start in history, and the team sits on top of the Western Conference table. Not a bad start if you ask me.
Beyond the achievements though, this team clearly passes the eye test if you know what I mean. The attack has been better, they find ways to grind out points, and most importantly, they have been fun to watch, with the exception of the Timbers 2 match and a couple of halves. But poor outings are going to happen from time-to-time.
On the flip side, the Quails have continued to start matches slow and have made it a habit of conceding early goals. The back line has struggled at times in terms of marking players and clearing out dangerous balls in the defensive third.
So, we thought we’d ask you how Elliott is doing. Please weigh in via the poll below. Vote from your desktop or by opening your browser on your mobile device!
How would you grade Simon Elliott on his job so far?
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A: Outstanding. Best coach since Preki.
B: Solid job. Still want to see more.
C: OK. Disappointed by slow starts.
D: Not really impressed. They’ve been fortunate.