Last season the San Jose Earthquakes had the dubious distinction of giving up a league-high 50 goals.
The improvement has been so vast that San Jose visits Seattle for a Sunday match against the Sounders in a four-way tie for second in the MLS West with 13 points.
Credit much of this surge to the coaching of Frank Yallop. As a player he performed 52 times for the Canadian National Team.
As a coach prior to assuming the reins of expansionist San Jose last year, he had stints coaching the Canadian National Team from 2004-06 and the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2006-07.