2017 Best-Dressed MLS Coach Bracket

The voters have spoken. During the "play-in round" of this year's Best-Dressed MLS Coach bracket, we had to eliminate six coaches to get to the Round of 16. Reigning champ Caleb Porter, head coach of the Portland Timbers, lives to defend his title in this round -- but he's got some tough competition.

Check out the bracket below and vote. The round of 16 is now over; quarterfinals will last from then until 3 pm ET Thurs., Oct. 5, and  The semifinals are now on until 3 pm ET Fri., Oct. 6. We'll let the two survivors in the finals duke it out over the weekend through midnight ET on Sunday/technically Monday morning.

The winner gets, uh ... bragging rights. So who do you think is winning the touchline style game this season? Vote below, and scroll down, below the bracket, for a recap of how things have gone so far. 



Play-In Round

With 22 teams, we had six too many coaches for a traditional 16-team, single-elimination bracket. So lasting from Monday to Tuesday afternoon, we ran a poll as a "play-in round," with the top 16 vote-getting coaches moving on to the bracket proper. Here's who got eliminated in that first cut:

  • Sigi Schmid, LA Galaxy
  • Adrian Heath, Minnesota United
  • Mauro Biello, Montreal Impact
  • Tom Soehn, New England Revolution
  • Jason Kreis, Orlando City SC
  • Chris Leitch, San Jose Earthquakes

Round of 16

Here's who fell in this round....

Ben Olsen, D.C. United (eliminated by Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake)

Brian Schmetzer, Seattle Sounders (eliminated by Wilmer Cabrera, Houston Dynamo)

Eliminated: Steve Cooke, Colorado Rapids (beat by Jesse Marsch, New York Red Bulls)

Patrick Vieira, NYCFC (eliminated by Caleb Porter, Portland Timbers)

Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas (eliminated by Tata Martino, Atlanta United FC)

Veljko Paunovic, Chicago Fire (eliminated by Carl Robinson, Vancouver Whitecaps) 

Jim Curtin, Philadelphia Union (eliminated by Greg Vanney, Toronto FC)

Gregg Berhalter, Columbus Crew SC (eliminated by Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City)


Four more coaches exited the bracket this time around...

Wilmer Cabrera, Houston Dynamo (eliminated by Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake)

Caleb Porter, Portland Timbers (eliminated by Jesse Marsch, New York Red Bulls)

Carl Robinson, Vancouver Whitecaps (eliminated by Tata Martino, Atlanta United)

Greg Vanney, Toronto FC (eliminated by Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City)


Two more coaches bid the bracket goodbye this time around....

Jesse Marsch, New York Red Bulls (eliminated by Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake)

Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City (eliminated by Tata Martino, Atlanta United)