MLS Rookie of the Year Talk

MLS Rookie of the Year Talk

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 19, 2007

I wanted to get to this earlier in this weekend but had to wait until today. I am planning on discussing the MVP, ROY, Best XI, etc. in the coming days.

I feel the Rookie of the Year race is only down to a couple players anymore. This as it is on the side of the page here is in no particular order. A hand full of players have ran away from the pack this year, which should make it easy to pick a winner when it comes time or it could make it harder since there are a few really strong candidates.

Adam Cristman, New England Revolution – Here is a guy that should get more votes and looks than he will get. He has played wonderfully so far this season I think. Stepping in for Taylor Twellman when he was gone with the national team for a few games. Four goals and four assists have made Cristman a fairly strong candidate for Rookie of the Year this season. This forth round pick has given prof that New England is still one of the best clubs at drafting young talent.

Maurice Edu, Toronto FC – I am beginning to think that Edu may be the best player on Toronto’s roster right now. The number one pick in the draft is showing us why more and more with his play. Thee goals and one assists in 17 games for Edu. He has become one of the league’s better defensive midfielders too. I think his chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award are fairly good as long as he keeps playing the way that he does. He doesn’t have to lead Toronto into the playoffs to win this award either I think.

Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake – Here is a guy, drafted in the second round by LA and then later traded to Salt Lake when the Galaxy were roster dumping before Beckham’s arrival. Five goals on the year, Findley actually is one of the goal scoring leaders for Real this season (that isn’t saying much really). His chances in winning the award rest solely on how much more goals he scores this season.

Michael Harrington, Kansas City Wizards – The number three pick in the draft is showing his worth for the Wizards. Three goals and three assists. The better the Wizards do, the better the chances Harrington’s chances are at winning this award.

Other guys with slim chances going into the final third of the season:

Corey Ashe, Houston Dynamo
Ty Harden, LA Galaxy
Dane Richardson, New York Red Bulls