MLS Award Talk

MLS Award Talk

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 12, 2007
  • 8 Comments

With only a few weeks left in the season, more and more it is time to talk and update the discussion on the MLS awards.

MLSnet launched their discussion yesterday and it has already sparked interest from people. Feel free to discuss below and add your candidates to the awards.
I will start off with some of the smaller awards. First up is Coach of the Year.

  1. Preki, Chivas USA – A rookie coach that could be leading his side to one of the best home records in league history. Not to mention his club is in perfect position to win the MLS Supporter’s Shield. Only a total collapse by his side would keep him from winning this award at this point. (Stock is level)
  2. Tom Soehn, DC United – Another rookie coach leading his club to the top of the table. Things started off slow but really have picked up in the past couple months for United. (Stock is rising)
  3. Steve Morrow, FC Dallas – I know my list looks like the one on MLSnet but I couldn’t agree more with these three and especially having Morrow on this list. Sure it is a homer pick on my part but no one expected the Hoops to be where they are this season I believe. Morrow has pulled the right plugs and picked up the right players to get the Hoops in contention yet again this season. (Stock is level)

Others in contention (but stock is falling): Steve Nicol, New England; Dominic Kinnear, Houston

Defender of the Year:

  1. Claudio Suarez, Chivas USA – I really believe Suarez is the biggest reason to the Goat’s success. And is a major reason why the Goats are a great contender to reach the MLS Cup this season. (Stock is level)
  2. Michael Parkhurst, New England – I thought about placing Parkhurst in first for this but with the way the Revs have played in the last couple its hard to do so. But, you can really tell his worth when he isn’t out on the field for the Revs. No Parkhurst sometimes kills the defense for the Revs but having him makes them so much better. (stock is falling)
  3. Eddie Robinson, Houston Dynamo – Biggest reason why Houston set the league’s all-time consecutive scoreless streak back a month ago or so. He is always in the middle of the play in the back for the Orange and is always cleaning up the act. (stock is level)

Others in contention: Jonathan Bornstien, Chivas USA; Bobby Boswell, DC United; Marcos Gonzalez, Columbus Crew; Wade Barrett, Houston Dynamo; Clarence Goodson, FC Dallas

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year:

  1. Brad Guzan, Chivas USA – Leads the league in shutouts, and is second in goals-against. Oh yeah, he has helped lead his club to the best home record in the league. (stock is level)
  2. Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo – A month ago or so I had him tabbed at the top of this list but lately he has dropped off, but it isn’t all his fault. He still has the best goals-against average in the league but the club’s record has slipped lately. (stock is falling)
  3. Troy Perkins, DC United – Only reason why he is on here is because of how United have been playing as of late in my mind. August player of the month for the league and has helped lead his club to an unbeaten streak of eight. Still plenty of time for Perkins to move up this list but he has to be absolutely dominate in the final games to win this award again. (stock is level)

MLS Rookie of the Year:

  1. Maurice Edu, Toronto FC – Some won’t like seeing Edu at the top here but I believe he has had the most consistent season out of all the rookies this year. Sure the goals and assists aren’t there as much as some would like it but the level of play is a lot better in my mind than everyone else below him, the real reason why he was the number one pick in the draft last year. (stock is level)
  2. Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake – Up near the top on my list because of his goal scoring. When he scores RSL actually plays well and wins. He leads rookies in goals with six and probably makes LA wish more and more that they hadn’t traded him. (stock is level)
  3. Michael Harrington, KC Wizards – Up there with Edu in some of the consistency factors but in my mind hasn’t done nearly enough to carry his team like Edu has. Needs a couple more big time goals to win this award in my mind and probably needs to help his team get to the playoffs. (stock is level)
  4. Adam Cristman, New England Revolution – Four goals and really stepped up for the Revs in the summer months that saw the likes of Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston leave with the US national team. But over all needs to do more in the final games to move up on this list. (stock is falling)

Others in contention: Dane Richardson, New York; Bakary Soumare, Chicago Fire

MLS Newcomer of the Year:

  1. Luciano Emilio, DC United – Leads the league in goals and may pull the double with this and the MVP award. I still believe he has the best shot at getting 20+ goals on the season. (stock is rising)
  2. Maykel Galindo, Chivas USA – May very well win this award if he continues to score. Yeah, even if he doesn’t end up with the Golden Boot award this season I still believe this Cuban can get this award because he came out of nowhere to play this well. Probably the best pickup of the off-season. (stock is rising)
  3. Juan Toja, FC Dallas – Shaggy-haired Columbian has lead the Hoops to a solid record in the west. People have grown to love his aggressive style and watch his game-winning goals. A healthy Toja could make a case to move up this list but a less than 100% Toja may move down before the season ends. (stock is falling)
  4. Juan Pablo Angel, New York – In my mind his play has really slowed down in recent games but he has scored plenty of goals this season and you cannot take that away from him in regards to this award. Has really taken the pressure off of young Jozy Altidore and has lead this club to playoff contention. (stock is level)

Others in contention: Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew; Blanco, Chicago Fire; Pablo Ricchetti, FC Dallas; Fred, DC United; Carlos Marinelli, Kansas City Wizards

MLS MVP:

  1. Luciano Emilio, DC United – No real reason to not have him atop this list right now. As long as he is scoring he will have no problem taking home some hardware this year. (stock is level)
  2. Brad Guzan, Chivas USA – Biggest reason why the Goats are where they are right now. More home games can help him improve on the goals-against average and the number of shutouts before the season is over. Probably needs to win the Supporter’s Shield to take this award home but the chance is there in my mind. (stock is level)
  3. Juan Pablo Angel, New York – Probably the biggest proof that the Designated Player system works. Needs to score more to win this award though I think. (stock is falling)
  4. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus – The real reason why the Crew are even close to playoff contention is GBS. League-best nine assist and should have no problem finishing atop the table in assists too. A Crew playoff spot would easily help him in this award. (stock is level)
  5. Juan Toja, FC Dallas – Like GMS, he is the biggest reason (in my mind) to the success of Dallas this season. Probably needs more goals and to lead the Hoops to the top of the west in order to prove his MVP-worthiness. If you question this pick, look no further than to his game-winning goals mark on the season and his game-tying goals that helped save some games for the Hoops. (stock is level)

Others in contention: Sharlie Joesph, New England Revolution; Ben Olsen, DC United, Maykel Galindo, Chivas USA

  • tex

    Need to add Clarence Goodson to defender of the year. Without him FCD probably doesn't make the playoffs. When he plays they're pretty good and when he doesn't they are a disaster.

  • Whip

    Boswell should not be a candidate to defend his award this year. Missed time due to Copa America and was benched for a few months. So Goodson can take his spot.

  • Whip

    A few weeks, I should say.

  • tex

    Need to add Clarence Goodson to defender of the year. Without him FCD probably doesn’t make the playoffs. When he plays they’re pretty good and when he doesn’t they are a disaster.

  • Whip

    Boswell should not be a candidate to defend his award this year. Missed time due to Copa America and was benched for a few months. So Goodson can take his spot.

  • Whip

    A few weeks, I should say.

  • brew1b

    Drop Boswell and add Burch from United. Deadly crosses from the left (left footed none the less), pin point accuracy with the long diagonal ball. Has helped solidify United's defense since he earned the starting spot at left outside back.

  • brew1b

    Drop Boswell and add Burch from United. Deadly crosses from the left (left footed none the less), pin point accuracy with the long diagonal ball. Has helped solidify United’s defense since he earned the starting spot at left outside back.