Is anyone familiar with Blur’s 1994 song “End of a Century?” The one where the last line of the chorus goes “Oh, end of a century. Oh, it’s nothing special?”
No? No one’s getting my obscure Blur reference from the mid-90s? Oh well …
The fact is, Revolution head coach Steve Nicol is coming up on his own ”end of a century,” and in this case, it actually is pretty special. Following last weekend’s 2-0 victory over D.C. United, New England’s fearless leader sits on 99 career regular-season wins and is on the verge of becoming just the third coach in MLS history to record 100 career victories.
It would be extra-special if Nicol could reach triple digits in the win column tomorrow night against Toronto FC, as it would provide a chance for the home fans to witness the historic victory. As of this moment, only Seattle Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid (126) and current U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley (124) have won at least 100 career MLS regular-season games.
I asked Nicol if he was aware he was on 99 career wins earlier this week, and here’s what he had to say …
“I believe so, yeah. It’s not something that crosses my mind. I just want to win another game, that’s all.”
Although Nicol characteristically downplayed the accomplishment, it will be an historic moment in Revolution history when the gaffer reaches the century mark (which he will inevitably do, whether it’s this weekend or further down the road). Now in his ninth year at the helm of the club, Nicol is the longest-tenured coach in the league and is the only coach to lead a team to the postseason for eight consecutive seasons.
Nicol has already led the Revolution to four Eastern Conference titles and has secured both the 2007 U.S. Open Cup and 2008 SuperLiga trophies during his time in New England. Hopefully tomorrow night we’ll get to see him add another bullet to his already impressive list of accomplishments with his 100th career regular-season win.