- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 18, 2007
- 2 Comments
Part five of my MLS awards voting takes me to the one award that I probably spend more time looking at and deciding about. As a former defender I am a little more picky about who I think is the best and all. Plenty of decent candidates out there to pick from but one caught my eye more than others.
What I looked for in this award: someone who makes a difference in their club’s defense when they are on the pitch every game and someone who’s impact is noticeable when they are away from the club. The winner of this award in my opinion showed those two things along with being a top notch defender.
Its easy to see this in Michael Parkhurst of the New England Revolution. Times that Parkhurst was called up to Bob Bradley’s national team side the Revs looked lost in the back (only to be saved most of the time by Matt Reis). When he was there the Revs had one of the toughest defenses in the league. Last year he was rated as one of the top defenders in the league after winning the league’s Rookie of the Year honor in 2005.
Parkhurst has become one of the best defenders in the league and is starting to become one of the best defensive options for the US national team.
After Parkhurst my voting will go something like this:
- Claudio Suarez, Chivas USA – This Mexican is one of the biggest reasons why the Goats are where they are this season, at the top of the tables. I love watching how he takes on the league’s best strikers week in and week out.
- Eddie Robinson, Houston – The Dynamo clear miss Robinson when he is gone but when he is there he has helped lead this club to a league best in consective shutouts.
- Marcos Gonzalez, Columbus Crew – While the Crew were playing well this season, this man was the big part of it in the back.
- Jonathan Bornstein, Chivas USA – can’t comment on Suarez and not give a mention to Bornstein, got to love the future that this kid has for the league and for the US National team.