Franklin Takes Home ROY Nod

Franklin Takes Home ROY Nod

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 13, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • Geoff Cameron, Kheli Dube, Rookie of the Year, Sean Franklin
Sean Franklin takes home the ROY honors. (Getty Images)

Sean Franklin takes home the ROY honors. (Getty Images)

Yup, LA Galaxy defender Sean Franklin has been named the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year after beating out New England’s Kheli Dube and Houston’s Geoff Cameron. Franklin started 26 out of 27 games and recorded one assist.

Honestly, I know Franklin is a big talent for LA and will be a staple of that backline for a few more years but I really felt he didn’t deserve this award. Sure the first half of the year he was the clear front-runner for this award but after June he was clearly not.

I know he was the only quality player on the LA backline but he was a member of the LA backline that gave up 62 goals this year. Yes, 62. I know the rookie field was very slim this year in terms of who to give this award to but I just don’t agree giving an award to a defensive player (rookie or not) who’s club gave up a league-high in goals this year.

I felt Dube had a better year even though he was hurt a bit more. And I also think Cameron is going to be a very solid defender in his own right for Houston.

Anyways, congrats to Franklin, he becomes the first Galaxy player to win the award. He also joins a decent list of previous ROY winners, mostly defenders:

2007: Maurice Edu – Toronto FC
2006: Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA
2005: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2004: Clint Dempsey – New England Revolution
2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire
2002: Kyle Martino – Columbus Crew
2001: Rodrigo Faria – MetroStars
2000: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire
1999: Jay Heaps – Miami Fusion
1998: Ben Olsen – D.C. United
1997: Mike Duhaney – Tampa Bay Mutiny
1996: Steve Ralston – Tampa Bay Mutiny

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    wvh, you'd have to see the Galaxy &quot;defense&quot; game in and game out to appreciate Franklin. Greg Vanney was old and slow. Chris Klein could be dispossessed easily with the ball at his feet, didn't have the speed to keep up even with average forwards and had no defensive field vision (he could be faked out easily). Mike Randolph, arguably the Galaxy's best defensive player in 2007, was trying to be converted into a midfielder by Ruud Gullit. Central defense was a sieve all year. Ante Jazic spent most of the year injured. Abel Xavier is…well, Abel Xavier.<br />
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    Franklin had to clean up other veterans' mistakes. He played out of his natural position the entire season (Franklin's usually a right back). He had three or four different partners in central defense. He even showed that he can intimidate (his elbow gave Jesse Marsch a broken jaw in the last Galaxy-Chivas USA game, though Franklin should have been ejected for that).

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    wvh, you’d have to see the Galaxy “defense” game in and game out to appreciate Franklin. Greg Vanney was old and slow. Chris Klein could be dispossessed easily with the ball at his feet, didn’t have the speed to keep up even with average forwards and had no defensive field vision (he could be faked out easily). Mike Randolph, arguably the Galaxy’s best defensive player in 2007, was trying to be converted into a midfielder by Ruud Gullit. Central defense was a sieve all year. Ante Jazic spent most of the year injured. Abel Xavier is…well, Abel Xavier.

    Franklin had to clean up other veterans’ mistakes. He played out of his natural position the entire season (Franklin’s usually a right back). He had three or four different partners in central defense. He even showed that he can intimidate (his elbow gave Jesse Marsch a broken jaw in the last Galaxy-Chivas USA game, though Franklin should have been ejected for that).