WVH July Awards

WVH July Awards

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 1, 2007

July was the shortest month on the MLS calendar so far as in terms of number of league matches. Lots of international friendlies and tournaments to talk about though for MLS Clubs and the arrival of some Brit that everyone seems to want to take a photo of…and no I am not talking about Danny Dichio or Terry Cooke. It may be the toughest month so far to lay any awards down too because of the lack of games.
WVH Player of the Month: Juan Toja, M, FC Dallas – Okay, blast me for a homer pick but I don’t care. Toja is giving people in Dallas hope that this club could actually do something special in the post season. After the amazing comeback against DC, where Toja scored two goals to help lift Dallas into a draw with the United, people around the league finally took to Toja and realized that he is a special player. Oh yeah, he started for the MLS in the All-Star game and scored a goal. I think it is fair to say Toja had a pretty good month.

WVH Coach of the Month: Dominic Kinnear, Houston Dynamo – I really don’t know if I need to explain this one seeing how the Dynamo haven’t lost in the last 11 games.

WVH Youngster of the Month: Yura Movsisyan, M, Kansas City Wizards – Five goals off the bench this season for Movsisyan is reason enough I think. He didn’t score a lot of those goals in July but he did get a game winner against Chivas recently. He is showing a lot of flash and a lot of reason why the Wizards call on him in the second half to put pressure on the other club.

WVH Keeper of the Month: Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo – This is mainly pre-New England game because of the impressive shutout streak that he and the rest of the Dynamo had. No other keeper in the league has touched the level that Onstad (and his defense) are at this season so far.

WVH Best Atmosphere of the Month: SuperLiga, Group A, LA Galaxy at FC Dallas – Okay, only because I was there and I know more about it. Yes, 11 goals were scored and there was no defense. Yes, the traffic caused 80% of the crowd to get there very late and yes, it was still a good time. Could have easily picked the All-Star game but I didn’t watch it and I did watch this game in person. Sorry, if you watched this game on TV or the internet you may understand that it was a very entertaining game.

WVH Disappointment of the Month: David Beckham – I say this mainly because I feel he and the league are rushing things a bit much with him. I could easily say I was disappointed not to see him at the Dallas game last night but I won’t worry about that as much as some will. Beckham needs to get healthy and the league needs to allow him to do so.

WVH Best XI for July:

Keeper: Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo

Defense: Frankie Hejduk, Columbus Crew – Showing his experience in the back and helping the Crew get into the playoffs

Michael Parkhurst, New England Revolution – Arguably the best defender in the league. Really proving that the Revs need him healthy to go back to the MLS Cup again.

Eddie Robinson, Houston Dynamo – I have to say he can be an utter beast in the back for the Dynamo sometimes.

Midfield: Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew – Can we say possible MVP candidate yet? I would think by now we can.
Juan Carlos Toja, FC Dallas – Can we say possible MVP candidate yet as well for Toja? I think so.
Dwayne De Rosario, Houston Dynamo – We are finally seeing the play that we expected from DeRo…always knew a new contract would do the trick.

Shalrie Joseph, New England Revolution – I just wonder how much better he would be playing if his contact situation was settled.

Forwards: Eddie Johnson, Kansas City Wizards – Returns from Copa America and scores three goals in a couple games. Not bad EJ, not bad at all.

Brain Ching, Houston Dynamo – Finally rolling along as the season is getting into the stretch run.

Ante Razov, Chivas USA – Picking things up as well as of late, and slowly making Chivas look like a real playoff team.