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Indy Eleven’s Sean McAuley voted USL Championship Coach of the Month

By Staff, 06/12/24, 12:30PM EDT


First-year manager led side on perfect month across all competitions, into top three in Eastern Conference

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced today Indy Eleven’s Sean McAuley had been awarded the Championship’s Coach of the Month award for May after leading the Boys in Blue to a perfect month across all competitions as the side advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in its history.

A new appointment this offseason, McAuley has helped guide Indy to a major upswing in results and performance after a rocky opening month to the campaign. In May, the side won all six of its outings including a four-game winning run in the USL Championship that saw the Boys in Blue record 10 goals and lead the Championship with a 10.12 Expected Goals mark and only concede three times, sitting in the top four in Expected Goals Conceded at 2.89xGA.

In addition to Indy’s league success – where it currently sits with a club-record seven-game winning streak entering Saturday’s contest at home to San Antonio FC – the side also took a pair of victories in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against San Antonio and Detroit City FC to advance to a Quarterfinal against Atlanta United FC on Tuesday, July 9.

“I think it’s recognition of all the work that everybody does,” said McAuley. “I’m really pleased that we’ve got that recognition. It’s important that I get the award, but I think it’s important that I share that with everybody else, the staff and the players included. Without the group effort, I don’t think we get the reward that we get.”

McAuley earned the award with 76 percent of the ballot. New Mexico United Head Coach Eric Quill finished second with 18 percent after also leading his side to a perfect month across all competitions to move United into first place in the Western Conference standings.

The USL Championship’s Coach of the Month award is voted upon by the USL Championship National Media Panel and the USL Championship Technical Committee, with each group responsible for 50 percent of the overall vote.

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