MLS Awards Talk

MLS Awards Talk

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 18, 2007

Few weeks to go and the awards races are as hot as the playoff race itself. Last week’s discussion brought a lot of talk and this week should be no different.

As always feel free to post you thoughts on the awards and who you think should and will win.

– Coach of the Year –

  1. Preki, Chivas USA (level) – Still only a total collapse from this club would kill his chances of winning this award this year.
  2. Tom Soehn, DC United (level) – Still rolling, but the slow start could be the reason why he ends up in second on this award.
  3. Steve Morrow, FC Dallas (down) – The loss at New England may have killed any hope for Morrow to get this award this season.

Others in contention: Dominic Kinnear, Houston

– Defender of the Year –

  1. Claudio Suarez, Chivas USA (level) – Didn’t play all of Sunday’s game with Colorado but it didn’t hurt his chances that much in my mind to stay on top here.
  2. Michael Parkhurst, New England (up) – Real close to taking over the top in my mind in this award.
  3. Eddie Robinson, Houston Dynamo (level) – Could move up but needs Houston to remain consistent for the rest of the season in the back.

Others in contention: Jonathan Bornstien, Chivas USA; Wade Barrett, Houston Dynamo; Clarence Goodson, FC Dallas

– Goalkeeper of the Year –

  1. Brad Guzan, Chivas USA (level) – Leading the league in shutouts, I really doubt that he won’t win this award this season. Like his coach, needs a collapse to not win this award.
  2. Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo (up) – Good weekend for the Orange but too few games left for him to make a better case in my mind.
  3. Troy Perkins, DC United (level) – Still plenty of time for him to move up but needs help from anyone playing Guzan over the next couple weeks.

– MLS Rookie of the Year –

  1. Maurice Edu, Toronto FC (level) – Still going strong for the Reds despite the fact that they haven’t scored in a month or so.
  2. Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake (level) – Needs more goals to get a chance at winning this award.
  3. Michael Harrington, Kansas City (down) – Harrington needs more consistent play to move up here.
  4. Adam Cristman, New England (down) – Just like Harrington needs more play but also like Findley needs more goals to move up.

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

– MLS Newcomer of the Year –

  1. Luciano Emilio, DC United (level) – Still doing whatever it takes to take home plenty of hardware this fall.
  2. Maykel Galindo, Chivas USA (level) – Didn’t play the full game in Colorado, so he wasn’t able to move anywhere in this.
  3. Juan Toja, FC Dallas (down) – Poor play by Dallas could kill his chances at this award
  4. Juan Pablo Angel, New York (down) – The goals are there but the rest of his team is hurting his chances at taking home some hardware this year.

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


  1. Luciano Emilio, DC United (level) – Still doing enough to win this. The more goals the better.
  2. Brad Guzan, Chivas USA (level) – Has to have Chivas continue their dominate play to move up here. Honestly I am pulling for him to end up with this award.
  3. Juan Pablo Angel, New York (down) – Just like the Newcomer Award, he has to have his club play better to have a fighting chance at this award.
  4. Sharlie Joesph, New England (up) – Lots of positive play has helped move him into this list in my mind. Probably the biggest reason to why the Revs are even close to the top of the table.
  5. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus (down) – We saw over the weekend in KC just how important this guy is to the success of this club.

Others in contention: Juan Toja, FC Dallas; Ben Olsen, DC United, Ante Razov, Chivas USA