- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 31, 2007
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A lot was learned in the month of May after a very odd and crazy start to the MLS season in April. Things are a lot clearer than a month ago and we pretty much have a solid idea of who is contending and who is just flat out bad.
WVH Player of the Month: Juan Pablo Angel, F, Red Bull New York – Was there any doubt about this one? Three goals, two assist. The Red Bulls have been on fire since he arrived and will probably continue to do so since, oddly enough they weren’t hurt by any Gold Cup call ups. Weird how that worked out. Expect the class and goals to come in the summer with this guy too.
WVH Coach of the Month: Steve Morrow, FC Dallas – Okay, so it is a homer pick on my part but seriously, despite all of the oddness surrounding Carlos Ruiz, Morrow found a way to lead his club to a near perfect May. They beat Chicago and KC on the road, two very tough places to win at. Morrow has found the right mix with his group and will continue to have to tinker with lineups do to all of these summer call-ups.
WVH Youngster of the Month: Maurice Edu, Toronto FC – Definitely is showing us why he was drafted number one by Toronto in this past year’s draft. I love watching this kid play in the midfield. He undoubtedly has a very bright future ahead of him.
WVH Keeper of the Month: Bouna Coundoul, Colorado Rapids – After a not to great start, Bouna has quickly become one of the more dependable keepers in the league. Some flat out amazing saves as of late adds to his impressive form.
WVH Best Atmosphere of the Month: Houston Dynamo at DC United – Toronto is still great but I have to give a hat tip to the Screaming Eagles and all the other crazies at DC. I enjoyed watching that game this past weekend with that crowd. The better the crowd the more enjoyable the games are to me.
WVH Bust of the Month: Jeff Cunningham, Toronto FC – Okay, this is more mainly before the trade to TFC but Cunningham’s form dropped off considerably with RSL and it showed in his last game with the club against Dallas. He didn’t look at all like he wanted to be on the pitch and it lead to his trade to our friends up in Canada. I do expect better play from him in the coming games because he is matched up with Dichio for the Reds and that is a scary scoring duo right there.
WVH Best XI for May:
Keeper: Bouna Coundoul, Colorado Rapids
Defense: Chris Gbandi, FC Dallas – nasty strike against RSL may be one of the top goals for the season so far
Carlos Mendes, Red Bull New York – Who you might ask? Mendes may be the most underrated player in the league at his position right now.
Jim Brennen, Toronto FC – Helped sure up a bad defense to begin the season. Probably scored the goal of the year so far this past weekend against Columbus
Midfield: Steve Ralston, New England Revolution – Safe to say that Ralston may be one of the most underrated players in league history? Possibly to some, but I cannot think of another player that I would want in my midfield these days but Ralston
Juan Pablo Toja, FC Dallas – A lot of buzz about this guy but you either enjoy his play or you question it a lot. Two goals in the month to help lead the Hoops to a near perfect month. I think you will hear a lot of his name this summer.
Christian Gomez, DC United – After a very slow start for the Black-and-Red, the defending league MVP is showing his form yet again leading the United to a perfect month. I think more from Gomez to come as he is really finding his form as of late.
Shalrie Joesph, New England Revolution – Think his contract disputes are over? Possibly, either that or he just wants to play until he can transfer out this summer. Either way he is making the Revs a major contender
Forwards: Juan Pablo Angel, Red Bull New York – Could he lead the league in scoring? Maybe, but he still has some work to do to catch up to some other guys. I think it will be safe to say he will score 15 goals this season though, and possibly tally close to 7 or 8 assist
Maykel Galindo, Chivas USA – If you haven’t seen this guy play it is because you either don’t care about the Goats or you aren’t quick enough when you do watch them. I love this kids pace and touch. He may be one of the best finds of the off season. He is quickly making Chivas fans forget about Amado Guevara.
Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution – What, no Eddie Johnson? Yeah, EJ got his three goals for the month in one game (yes against the Revs) but Taylor was a little more consistent for me in the month. Three goals were enough to place him over EJ and others in my top 11. How many goals will Taylor get this season? Probably close to 20, I would assume.