WVH July Awards: Rimando Shutouts The Rest

WVH July Awards: Rimando Shutouts The Rest

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 31, 2008
  • Nick Rimando, WVH Monthly Awards

Getty ImagesI know, I know, I skipped last month in the monthly awards here but we are back at it when a new twist. I’m mainly going to concentrate on the Player of the Month and the best XI. In the past I did a bunch of other ones but for right now I just don’t have the time to do those. Maybe if there is some extra time later on this evening I will get to them.

Anyways, let’s get down to business here. Lots of candidates for WVH Player of the Month. You have Guillermo Barros Schelotto from Columbus, Kenny Cooper from Dallas, Nat Borchers from RSL, Luciano Emilio from DC, and Brian Ching from Houston. You could make a case for those netminders like Nick Rimando and Jon Busch or go old school with Kevin Hartman.

To me I will go defensively here with a keeper. I agree with the league who just posted their player of the month, Nick Rimando.

Why the former DC United keeper? Because he (along with a nice defense) has lead RSL to the top of the western standings and more importantly to a winning record for the first time in club history. Rimando posted three shutouts in four matches, folks that is good enough in any month for me. RSL is undefeated in their last nine of their last ten.

So Rimando, congrats, you’ve earned it. Now go buy your defense a drink or three for their hard work as well!

As far as the best XI goes from July, it looks a little something like this:

Keeper: Nick Rimando, RSL

Defense: Nat Borchers, RSL; Bakary Soumare, Chicago Fire; Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City Wizards

Midfield: Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew; Dave van den Bergh, New York Red Bulls; Javier Morales, RSL; Terry Cooke, Colorado Rapids

Forwards: Kenny Cooper, FC Dallas; Luciano Emilio, DC United; Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo