- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 27, 2009
- 10 Comments
- 2009 MVP race, 2009 US Open Cup, Brad Davis, Brek Shea, Conor Casey, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Dwayne De Rosario, Evening Links and Thoughts, Fredy Montero, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Landon Donovan, MVP Talk, Omar Cummings, Shalrie Joseph, Vancouver Expansion
We’ve had a full day of interesting news with the UEFA Champions League draw, the US Men’s National team roster announcement that took four hours to do, and random news here and there. Time now to close down the day with some links and thoughts on what’s going on.
I wanted to get into some MVP race discussion. I mention earlier that I felt Colorado’s Omar Cummings deserves to be in the discussion, well I have a few other names that are right up there with Cummings.
– Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy): Aside from his 10 goals and five assists, Donovan is the cog that keeps the Galaxy going. When he is on his game the Galaxy are a tough team to beat. You will see that when he is gone with the National team in the coming weeks, LA just doesn’t look the same without him.
– Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids): Current leader in goals in the league with 11 (and one assist). Casey will probably get more mentions than his teammate Cummings due to the number of goals. One thing is certain though, Casey has stepped his game up in a big way this season and the Rapids are finding out just how good he can be.
– Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC): Some may say that there are better candidates on the Sounders’ roster but Montero gets my nod. His 10 goals and six assists is more than enough for me to place him here. We know just how dangerous he can be and when he is on it is something else to see.
– Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew): Before he went out with an injury GBS was the clear favorite in this race but his injury made it worth watching again. He still is up there in the top of the league leaders in goals with 10 and isn’t doing too bad with three assists on the year. If he returns to even half the form we saw out of him early on this season he still has a great shot at another MVP award.
Others to mention:
Shalrie Joseph (New England): Without him the Revs would be dead in the water.
Brad Davis (Houston): While Brian Ching scores all the goals it is Davis who does the dirty work that sets him up.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago): While I’m not a fan of his work he is second in the league in assists.
Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto): The Reds wouldn’t even be near playoff contention this year if it weren’t for DeRo.
Got any other names that I am missing?
Shea Upset In Dallas?
Gotta love seeing an angry comment or two from a young player that really needs PT. Believe me folks you want to see Brek Shea do well because he has the potential to be something special. Thing is he is stuck in a system in Dallas that doesn’t utilize young talent properly. He knows it and now he is sounding off about it. My bet he will be on the first plane to Europe this winter after the U-20 World Cup wraps up next month in Egypt.
Union Front Office Discusses Stadium
Philly execs discuss the on-going stadium project in Chester. Good to see some solid progress on the new stadium for next year’s expansion club.
DC’s “Next Trophy” Photo:
I do wish more teams knew how to market themselves better like DC and Seattle. Right now the two are at a pissing war over next week’s US Open Cup final at RFK Stadium. DC posted a photo of this year’s trophy on their blog today and Seattle fans were quick to discuss it.
Portland Timbers Prepare For MLS Jump
I’ll be honest, I don’t follow the USL first division nearly the way I should. I know there is quality soccer there but I just don’t go for it nearly as much as I do MLS. Probably my lack of FSC has something to do with it. Anyways, its great seeing Portland getting more pup due to their play on the field and what is going on off the field. This year’s Timbers are a pretty impressive bunch going on a 23-game unbeaten run in the USL. Yeah only one loss this year for the Timbers and that was way back at the first game of the year.
Vancouver Expansion Looking Darker?
Let’s just say the reports up in Vancouver are going from bad to worse as we speak. Apparently the roof at BC Place is a big part of their expansion bid with the league. Honestly, the league shouldn’t go nutty over the lack of retractable roof if the city can’t pay for it. Sure its nice to have open air stadiums like the article says but it isn’t the end of the word is it?