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MLS Awards Time At Hand

Written by on October 28, 2011 | 18 Comments »
Posted in General

Michelle Lissel

MVP

1.    Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto, Red Bulls, DC United)

2.    Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)

Defender

1.    Tim Ream (Red Bulls)

2.    Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy)

Comeback

1.    Julian de Guzman (Toronto)

2.    Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)

Keeper

1.    Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting KC)

2.    Joe Cannon (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Rookie

1.    CJ Sapong (Sporting KC)

2.    Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)

Newcomer

1.    Luke Rodgers (Red Bulls)

2.    Joao Plata (Toronto)

MLS Works

1.    Danny Califf (Philadelphia Union)

2.    Michael Lahoud (Chivas USA)

Coach

1.    Peter Vermes (Sporting KC)

2.    Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy)

Derek Taylor (a single vote kinda guy)

MVP

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

Defender

Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

Comeback

Charlie Davies (DC United

Keeper

Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders)

Newcomer

Faryd Mondragon (Philadelphia Union)

Rookie

CJ Sapong (Sporting KC)

Humanitarian

Zak Boggs (New England Revolution)

Coach

Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders)

Bobby McMahon

MVP

1.    Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)

2.    Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto, Red Bulls, DC United)

Defender

1.    Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union)

2.    Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

Comeback

1.    Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers)

2.    Dominic Oduro (Chicago Fire)

Keeper

1.    Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting KC)

2.    Faryd Mondragon (Philadelphia Union)

Rookie

1.    Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union)

2.    Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)

Newcomer

1.    Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders)

2.    Joao Plata (Toronto)

Coach

1.    Dominic Kinnear (Houston Dynamo)

2.   Peter Nowak (Philadelphia Union)

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18 responses to “MLS Awards Time At Hand”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    “Take the money and run” MVP
    Rafa Marquez

    “Best Impersonator of a coach” MVP
    Hans Backe

    “Butterfingers” MVP
    Bouna Coundoul

    “Idiotic trade” MVP
    DeRo for McCarty

    “Dark Arts master (not even a warning for pushing players to ground)” MVP
    Luke “Pillsbury” Rodgers

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    I read in a couple European papers that Luca Toni and Inzaghi were being looked at to come to the MLS.
    I can only hope that’s their agent spewing garbage due to neither having any options elsewhere. Please don’t let them come to the US/MLS to retire.

  3. McGuire says:

    Michelle’s list IMO can only be described as a “blonde moment” Tim Ream as defender of the year?? Joe Cannon as top GK? I’d appreciate the insight into those picks

  4. McGuire says:

    Ed Gomes: Can’t see either of them coming to the Impact. Inzaghi is as old as dirt & Toni too much of a diva, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Saputo’s make a play for an italian DP though

  5. Gus Keri says:

    Once a great man said: “Great minds thinks alike”
    It scares me how much I agree with Derek on his selections.

    DeRo, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve the MVP. His failure in NY indicates that he is a “big fish in a small pond” only. He is the MVP of the DC united but not the MLS.
    I would not give the MVP to a player whose team finish 13th among 19 teams. (Talk about another Scott Parker)

    On the other hands, Donovan continues to prove that he is a man for all occasions. He is the best player in a team full of stars and he was the pivotal force in them winning the Supporters’ shield for the second time in a row.

    Regarding the coach, there is no question in my mind that Schmid is the choice.
    For Seattle to finish second to LA, with 4 points difference only, and without the stardom or the glamour that the LA team has, is a remarkable achievement, considering the great loss at the begining of the season.
    He managed to do that while winning the US open cup for a third time in a row and taking the team to the last 8 in the CCL. and this is not an easy thing to do.

    Arena should not be given credits, like some pundits like to do, for managing a team with many “stars and strong personalities”. He should be lucky to have them all on his team.

  6. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – you said:
    “DeRo, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve the MVP. His failure in NY indicates that he is a “big fish in a small pond” only. He is the MVP of the DC united but not the MLS.”

    So it’s DeRo’s failure and not Backe’s for not being able to get the best outta all his players and actually have them gel and play as a team… INTERESTING ANALYSIS THERE!

    The guy produces everywhere he plays except the few weeks at NYRB… hint hint.

    PS If Pontius is fit, DC are in the playoffs with a good chance of lifting the MLS Cup.

  7. Gus Keri says:

    On another note:

    Tomorrow, the draw for the African Cup of Nations 2012 will take place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

    The seeding:

    Pot 1: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon
    Pot 2: Tunisia, Angola, Zambia, Guinea
    Pot 3: Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso
    Pot 4: Sudan, Libya, Niger, Botswana

    Ghana and Ivory Coast seem to always end up in tough groups, if not in groups of death, in the recent history (especially the world cups finals). this time is no different.

    Like in Euro 2012 draw, where Spain and Netherlands might regret the fact that they are top seeded, Ivory Coast and Ghana might also regret the fact that they are top seeded here.

    Joining two weak hosts as top seeded group made the possibility of ending up in a group of death very likely.

    Pot 3 teams in particular are very strong. They are even more fearsome than pot 2 in my opinion.

    Look for Libya to be the dark horse of the finals and if they ended up in a group containing Ghana or the Ivory Coast, look for that group to be the group of death.

  8. Gus Keri says:

    SL:

    Of course, you are going to blame Backe.

    We have discussed this issue many times before and my position has not changed.

  9. Fawaz says:

    Chivas USA don’t deserve any award whatsoever. They let go of most if not all of their academy coached and players, for the sake of financial compensation given to them by New York Cosmos. their fan base will never forgive them!!

  10. Derek Taylor says:

    Sigi Schmid deserves manager of the year for Seattle’s 15-point bump this season. It’s not the biggest increase, but it’s a more-difficult one than 33 to 49 (Kinnear) or 31 to 48 (Nowak). Plus, 63 points deserves it for the reasons Gus Keri mentioned.

    I like Jimmy Nielsen, but he didn’t make my top 2. Too few shots faced and saves for a slightly higher goals against average than Keller.

    As for MVP, imagine if Donovan got to play 34 games a season. He would have been the runaway leader in goals. Best player on the best team.

  11. LA says:

    Derek..all…the…way.

    Except Keeper.

  12. Random picks for next round (0-2 after wild card games)
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Philadelphia Union
    Real Salt Lake
    Sporting Kansas City

  13. LA says:

    Bobby, how random?

    Why RSL?

  14. Doug says:

    Michelle needs to recheck her eyeglasses prescription if she really thinks Cannon and Ream were top performers this season. I’m pretty much in line with Derek, though I would pick Rosales rather than Mondragon as Newcomer of the Year.

  15. Derek Taylor says:

    Just because I counted:

    DC 20 points in 19 games since De Rosario trade. 19 points in 15 games before.

    LA 16W-5D-2L in Donovan’s 23 appearances. 3W-5D-3L without.

    Houston 10W-5D-0L when Brad Davis gets a goal or assist. 2W-8D-9L when he doesn’t (he started all 34 games)

  16. John Bladen says:

    Derek/Gus:

    Not only did Sigi do the job in Seattle, he lost some of his best players for long periods. Hard not to pick him as manager of the year in my book.

    I tend to look favourably on Kinear as well… as I recall he is the only MLS manager in the past five seasons to get De Rosario to play as part of a team rather than by himself… and it helped Houston win two cups. But if pressed my runner up would be Novak. Great turn around in Philadelphia.

    De Ro put up impressive statistics, as he often has. But his team didn’t do so well. Wouldn’t it be very difficult to hand a player the MVP award when they’ve been shown the door by two teams in the same season? I understand completely why Toronto shipped him out, but the deal from RBNY to DCU was a bit of a surprise.

    I suppose Donovan is the best overall pick for MVP… though to me this year there were a number in the “very good” category but no one player really stood out.

    I’d nominate Rosales as newcomer (what’s the diff between ‘newcomer’ and Rookie of the Year? Shouldn’t that be one award?)

    As for “comeback” and “humanitarian”… I’ll pass on both. I will, however, put Charlie Davies forward for “Frivolous Sports Related Lawsuit of the year/decade” award.

  17. John Bladen says:

    Can’t help but notice a couple of you singling out one selector in particular yet not posting your own picks… or your hair colour…

    What’s up with that?

  18. LA says:

    Derek,

    You might be right about Keller. Fearless.

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