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Juan Carlos Amorós wins NWSL Coach of the Year for Gotham turnaround

Gotham FC head coach Juan Carlos Amorós led the team from the bottom of the NWSL table to the championship game. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Juan Carlos Amorós has been named the 2023 NWSL Coach of the Year after engineering a stunning turnaround for Gotham FC.

Amorós, 39, led the team from last in the league in 2022 to the NWSL championship game in 2023. Gotham FC will face off against OL Reign for the title at 8 p.m. ET Saturday at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego.

Last season, the New Jersey-based club scored just 16 goals while conceding 46. This season, Amorós’ first at the helm, Gotham scored 25 goals while allowing just 24, the fourth-lowest total in the league. They also finished in sixth in the league with an 8-7-7 record (W-L-D) and 31 points, a stark improvement compared to their 4-1-17 record and 13 points in 2022.

In 2023, Gotham led the league in possessions won (1,554) and had the lowest shots faced (205), while allowing 39 fewer shots than the next-best team. A defensive-minded team under Amorós, Gotham also finished second among all teams in interceptions (36) and duels won (1,142).

Amorós joined Gotham ahead of the 2023 season after leading the Houston Dash to their first playoff appearance as that club’s interim head coach in 2022. He has led Gotham to their third playoff appearance and their first two playoff wins in franchise history — with one more playoff game on the horizon.