- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 1, 2007
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Another month down in the league and its hard to believe it but we are in the final month of the season already. But before we move on to the last few games, its time to take a look at who shined in the previous month. Yep, time for those wonderful monthly awards. This will replace the weekend recap since I wasn’t able to see a whole lot of soccer this weekend. In all honesty I only caught the Real-New York game on Saturday night. Some reason MLSnet was giving me fits on viewing games online, so that cut out a lot of my viewing (anyone else experience problems with that?).
WVH Player of the Month: Ante Razov, Chivas USA – Some may disagree with me on this but I really think Razov is the key to the Goat’s success and a big reason why they are in contention for the league’s Supporter’s Shield. Look at the September stats for him, five goals and two assist. That right there is a quality month at anytime in the season. He has really moved up the charts in the past few weeks in the league MVP race and really, the more he score the better chance he has at winning that award. Not to mention the more he scores the closer he becomes to passing Jamie Moreno at the MLS all-time goal scoring leader, which easily could happen this season.
WVH Coach of the Month: Tom Soehn, DC United – Real easy pick here. United went 4-0-2 in the month, plus a big time win in the Copa Sudamericana against Chivas of Mexico. Oh yeah, and with three games to go United are in prime position to get the league’s Supporter’s Shield trophy for the second straight season, something that has never been done in league history.
WVH Youngster of the Month: Francis Doe, New York Red Bulls – So Doe isn’t really a rookie but in the last two games for the Red Bulls, Doe has scored two goals. And two pretty nice goals as well. Very good pick up this late in the year for Bruce Arena and his club.
WVH Keeper of the Month: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake – Alright so the goals against average isn’t great here but you can’t deny that Rimando isn’t keeping Real in games here as of late. Look back to the Reds visit to Toronto to see some great saves on his part. Plus Real has had pretty decent month for themselves going 2-1-3, mostly thanks to the man between the pipes.
WVH Biggest Disappointment of the Month: FC Dallas – Going 1-4-1 in the month and looking pretty bad in the process. I love the Hoops but September was a typical month for Dallas. Sure they beat Toronto at home at the beginning of the month but blowout losses to DC, New England and Houston (and not to mention a bad loss at LA) have left the Hoops hanging on here. Their playoff hopes are alright but they are sinking as fast as some other clubs. Thankfully for them they only need a couple points to clinch a spot, but once they get there they will more than likely have to face Houston again. Either way the Hoops are looking dreadful at the same time that they have looked dreadful for the last few seasons.
WVH Best XI for September:
Keeper: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
Defense: Claudio Suarez, Chivas USA – another reason why Chivas is doing so well
Michael Parkhurst, New England – best defender in the league is helping the Revs in their playoff push
Eddie Robinson, Houston Dynamo – looked solid against Dallas yesterday
Midfield: Blanco, Chicago Fire – say what you will about him but he has done a whole lot for the Fire’s playoff chances
Christian Gomez, DC Untied – solid month for the defending MVP
Shalrie Joesph, New England Revolution – big reason why New England is winning a lot of midfield battles
Sacha Kljestan, Chivas USA – helping Chivas contend for Supporter’s Shield
Forwards – Ante Razov, Chivas USA
Luciano Emilio, DC United – 20 goals on the season now
Juan Pablo Angel, RBNY – Still keeping the Red Bull’s head above water