- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 17, 2007
- 2 Comments
Two-thirds of the way through the season (except for the Galaxy who are half way), its prime time to discuss MVP candidates around the league.
These are a few guys (in no particular order) who I think are in good position to take home the league’s MVP trophy.
Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls – Ten goals and three assist for Angel have not only given the Red Bulls hope for the playoffs but have given the Red Bulls a real threat up top who has more class than any other striker in the league. Nice stats really for only 13 games this year. A player of the month award and a few player of the week awards may have put Angel as a front-runner in the minds of some voters.
Luciano Emilio, DC United – Leading the league in goals right now is good enough reason to put Emilio on this list. I think his chances lye on the fact on if he ends up leading the league in scoring or not. Leading the league in scoring may very well help him but also helping DC get to the top of the table would do wonders for his MVP chances.
Eddie Johnson, Kansas City Wizards – I honestly think his chances are bad at winning this award. Sure he has 12 goals on the year but consistently he hasn’t been the striker that people claim he is. His consistence also keeps the Wizards consistent. KC has to do well in-order for Johnson to win this award. I think he will get plenty of votes because of his goal tally but that shouldn’t be the case because of two hat tricks.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto – GBS really is one of the best candidates for this award this season. A great find for the Crew and just an overall great player. Eight assists and four goals on the season are the biggest reason as to why the Crew are in the playoff hunt right now. I think he won’t get votes because he is in Columbus though, which is a total shame because the Crew wouldn’t be where they are if it weren’t for GBS.
Juan Carlos Toja, FC Dallas – Another player that definitely deserves to be on this list. His play has allowed Dallas to get in the thick of the things at the top of the table in the league. People love him for his crazy hair and his style of play. Once he gets healthy again, you can bet he will do a lot to help the Hoops and probably to help his MVP chances in the final stretch of the season.
Anyone else I am missing out on this list? Add yours to the list if you think someone else deserves the honor.