Best XI Named, Comeback Goes To Cooper

Best XI Named, Comeback Goes To Cooper

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 22, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Comeback Player of the Year, Kenny Cooper, MLS Awards, MLS Best XI

Kenny Cooper takes home the Comeback Player of the Year award. (Getty Images)

The last of the 2008 awards were handed down today. The league announced their Best XI for the year and named Kenny Cooper the Comeback Player of the Year.

Cooper played and started all of FC Dallas’ 30 regular season games this year after suffering a broken right tibia eight games into the 2007 MLS season. He returned in 2008, scoring 18 goals and recording three assists. He finished second in the Budweiser Golden Boot, behind Landon Donovan (20 goals).

While I don’t disagree with Cooper getting this award, I really felt DC United’s Santino Quaranta deserved the award a little more for what he came back from. Anytime you overcome drugs and abuse of those kinds of things I think is more remarkable than just coming back from a knee injury.

Still, it was good for Cooper and big congrats to him for the award.

Cooper was also named to the best XI along with a pretty easy field to project for this year’s honor.

2008 MLS Best XI:
GOALKEEPER (1): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (3): Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bakary Soumare (Chicago Fire), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)
FORWARDS (2): Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

The only real shock for me was the selection of Columbus’ Robbie Rogers. I pretty much had a similar Best XI except for Rogers and a couple on the backline. I had RSL’s Javier Morales in the midfield instead of Rogers.

What do you all make of these honors? Cooper really deserve the Comeback award? How about the Best XI?

  • LJ

    I think Santino, Buddle, Cooper, and Busch all made strong cases for come back players.<br />
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    I like what Santino overcame much more, but I guess Cooper gets it because of the height of what was accomplished in his comeback.

  • LJ

    I think Santino, Buddle, Cooper, and Busch all made strong cases for come back players.

    I like what Santino overcame much more, but I guess Cooper gets it because of the height of what was accomplished in his comeback.

  • WonsanUnited

    No Angel or Van den Bergh?

  • WonsanUnited

    No Angel or Van den Bergh?