WVH Watch List: Race for the MVP

WVH Watch List: Race for the MVP

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 25, 2008
  • 8 Comments
  • Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jamie Moreno, Kenny Cooper, Landon Donovan, MVP, MVP Talk, Shalrie Joseph

Hard to believe that it already that time. Time to start putting together watch lists for certain yearly awards. Right now you could make a case for a lot of people in this year’s MVP race.

But let’s look at the award real quick. I’m kind of hoping this is the year that someone other than a 18 goal scorer wins this award. Most Valuable Player. Think about the meaning for a second. It should go to the best player right? Absolutely. But it should also go to a guy that is valuable to his club. Meaning you take him out of the line up for a week due to an international call up or a something like that and the club looks completely different without him.

Sure most big time goal scorers deserve this award when this time comes around. But this year I think we are seeing a different trend of players that are of a higher value than those big scorers.

It may still be early to some but this is my shortlist right now for the MVP race and yes it is in an actual order (no messing around here).

1. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew – I talked about GBS earlier in the weekly award talk. Hopefully you’ve had some time to review his stats and what he does for this club. Five goals and 14 assists (six more than the next three in that category). For me you take this guy out of the Crew’s line up and this club may not even be a playoff team. That’s how valuable GBS is to the Columbus Crew. He may not knock in as many as some would like for a MVP but he damn well creates enough for his club.

But the big knock on him to some may be on the issue (if you can call it an issue) of giving him this award even though he wasn’t an All-Star this year. Its a crap issues and probably something that will come up in some voters minds. Not mine though, not mine.

2. Shalrie Joseph, New England Revolution – Another guy that if you take him out of the line up his club looks a bit different. Sure the Revs are a little deeper than the Crew are but Joseph is a total beast. I said after the All-Star game that he looks like he owns this league with the way he plays in the midfield. Look at the SuperLiga (I know it’s not going to help his cause but it could to some), Joseph pretty much owned that tournament this year for the Revs. Four goals in that short tournament, helping them claim the North American crown.

His biggest knock, do you really give out an MVP award to a defensive midfielder? Hard to imagine voters going that way even though Joseph deserves it more than most out there.

3. Kenny Cooper, FC Dallas: Now some will say, “yes, a goal scorer, finally.” Yes SuperCooper is having a monster year (13 goals, 3 assists) and to take him away from FC Dallas would have been killer to that club.

I think his only knock may have been the fact that he has yet to full overcome Landon Donovan for the Golden Boot race.

4. Jamie Moreno, DC United: If you went on stats alone you’d probably have to include Moreno. Nine goals and eight assists on the year. Very Ben Olsen like from a year ago. He may not get the love for this award but clearly his play has spoken for itself in a year were DC is posed to end up with a wild record of something like 15-14-1.

5. Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy: I had trouble even including Land-o on this list but I also had trouble ignoring those stats. A league leading 14 goals and then seven assists to go along with it. That is reason alone to include him here. Thing is he hasn’t been nearly as deadly as we saw early in the year. I don’t know if it is due to all of his international callups or if it is due to defenses figuring out how to defend LA (which I think is the case). Still Land-o has had a monster year and still looks to be on pace to get 20 goals before its all out.

Others in the running: Juan Pablo Angel, NY; Luciano Emilio, DC; Sasha Kljestan, Chivas USA; and Steve Ralston, New England.

  • Gabe

    I think Landon should be further up the list. You've seen the Galaxy without him. It's not pretty. Landon hasn't been as ferocious lately simply because Ruud started messing around with the lineup trying to force Ruiz onto the field. The player who has to be moved all around to make room for him was Landon Donovan simply because he's the most versatile player on the roster who is extremely talented. Ruud moved him back to forward for his last game and he scores again. I'd move him up to at least No. 3…above Cooper and above Moreno. And if the Galaxy make the playoffs…he's gotta be considered for No. 1.

  • Dave

    The player I'm about to mention is someone who won't get any votes, but he really should. Carl Robinson for TFC is the most important player on that team, and he should be in the running for MVP. The thing with him is you don't notice him in the game, because he just takes care of business, every game. He shuts people down, and teams down in the middle of the field. Last season he was called upon to be an offensive play maker, and that's not what he does well at all. But this season with Guevara in the line up he's playing where he should and he's showing it. He out played Joseph last week in Toronto, and he out plays most players most weeks. That said, Schelotto should not be MVP. 20,000 fans saw him flop around when Columbus played in Toronto, it was a disgrace to the game, the coach even had to take him off the field, iit was just terrible. To my, and MVP should portay more then just a great player, but a great ambassador for the game, especially when trying to grow the game in North America. Once again, Robinson fits this perfectly.

  • Gabe

    I think Landon should be further up the list. You’ve seen the Galaxy without him. It’s not pretty. Landon hasn’t been as ferocious lately simply because Ruud started messing around with the lineup trying to force Ruiz onto the field. The player who has to be moved all around to make room for him was Landon Donovan simply because he’s the most versatile player on the roster who is extremely talented. Ruud moved him back to forward for his last game and he scores again. I’d move him up to at least No. 3…above Cooper and above Moreno. And if the Galaxy make the playoffs…he’s gotta be considered for No. 1.

  • Kevin

    Jaime Moreno has singlehandedly carried DC United to where we are right now. We are without our playmaker, and this FORWARD has assumed that role, and he's 34, losing all his speed, and has to rely on his skill level now. He has 9 goals, 4 admittedly from the PK spot, but 7 assists. That can;t be denied. What has LandyCakes done lately? Yea. Exactly.

  • Dave

    The player I’m about to mention is someone who won’t get any votes, but he really should. Carl Robinson for TFC is the most important player on that team, and he should be in the running for MVP. The thing with him is you don’t notice him in the game, because he just takes care of business, every game. He shuts people down, and teams down in the middle of the field. Last season he was called upon to be an offensive play maker, and that’s not what he does well at all. But this season with Guevara in the line up he’s playing where he should and he’s showing it. He out played Joseph last week in Toronto, and he out plays most players most weeks. That said, Schelotto should not be MVP. 20,000 fans saw him flop around when Columbus played in Toronto, it was a disgrace to the game, the coach even had to take him off the field, iit was just terrible. To my, and MVP should portay more then just a great player, but a great ambassador for the game, especially when trying to grow the game in North America. Once again, Robinson fits this perfectly.

  • TheUltra

    Guille is the run away MVP at the moment, it was a disgrace that he wasn't an allstar. The fact that the league put in Toja over him is just a flat out joke. No one is even close in assists to him and he creates nearly every opportunity on the #1 ranked team. He truly is the Most Valuable Player and not just some big name player or another in a list of goal scorers. You've got it right putting him up there at number one. No other single player in this league is as essential to his team as Guille

  • Kevin

    Jaime Moreno has singlehandedly carried DC United to where we are right now. We are without our playmaker, and this FORWARD has assumed that role, and he’s 34, losing all his speed, and has to rely on his skill level now. He has 9 goals, 4 admittedly from the PK spot, but 7 assists. That can;t be denied. What has LandyCakes done lately? Yea. Exactly.

  • Guille is the run away MVP at the moment, it was a disgrace that he wasn’t an allstar. The fact that the league put in Toja over him is just a flat out joke. No one is even close in assists to him and he creates nearly every opportunity on the #1 ranked team. He truly is the Most Valuable Player and not just some big name player or another in a list of goal scorers. You’ve got it right putting him up there at number one. No other single player in this league is as essential to his team as Guille