- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 28, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Evening Links and Thoughts, Rookie of the Year, Rookie Watch
Last night in the links and thoughts we discussed the MVP race that is heating up, tonight we shall take a look into an even tougher Rookie of the Year race. We all know how deep this year’s rookie class is and right now we could make a serious case for about five or six guys. This time last year we were all digging real deep to even come up with candidates. Thankfully that is not the case right now.
Right now I won’t put out my 1-whatever order as there are still plenty of games to be played. Feel free to leave who you think is the top rookie below.
– Steve Zakuani (Seattle Sounders FC): The number one pick really hasn’t disappointed, except for that nasty miss in Houston. He’s produced well with three goals and four assists and has seen plenty of good minutes for Sigi Schmit this year. He’s also found a way to live up to the number one pick hype unlike last year’s number one (Chance Myers).
– Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy): Could LA make it back-to-back rookie of the years? Its possible since Gonzalez has seen action in every game this year for the Galaxy. Not many other rookies have seen the field as much as Gonzalez. After a little shaky start to the year I think we’ve seen this kid turn out to be one of the better defenders in the league, just like we expected him to be. Safe to say this kid could be in for a nice long career if he keeps this up.
– Sam Cronin (Toronto FC): One of TFC’s three first rounders has done very well so far this year. He’s seen plenty of time on the pitch and has produced rather well for a defensive midfielder. His chances at this award will go a long way if he helps lead Toronto into the playoffs for the first time in club history.
– Stefan Frei (Toronto FC): The only keeper on the bunch of rookies but he was rated the highest keeper for a reason. Toronto has had faith in him since day one and hasn’t really wavered from him even when the team has struggled. His four shutouts are a pretty good number as well for a rookie.
– Rodney Wallace (DC United): One of two DC players on this list. Wallace is a beast to deal with and lots of teams are dreading seeing this kid in the midfield for DC for years to come.
– Chris Pontius (DC United): I still remember draft day when DC picked him and United fans all booed heavily because of it. I think their mood changed quickly though when Pontius started producing goals early on. He’s cooled off a bit from his nice start but he still is enjoying a solid rookie campaign.
– Darrius Barnes (New England Revolution): The biggest steal of the draft still is Barnes who was taken in the third round. Steve Nicol found a gem as Barnes has played in every minute of every game this season.
Potential MLS Owner Putting Baseball Team Up For Sale
The guy we hoped would bring a MLS club to New York City is having to sell his baseball team. Yup, Fred Wilpon is gonna have to sell the New York Mets due to his massive loss of money thanks to the Madoff scandal. Tough break because most believed he was the best guy to put MLS in NYC. Guess we will have to find another billionaire to do it.
Time Is Now For Fire
Before the season the Chicago Fire were a favorite pick to win it all and then some based on their depth and talent. Now things don’t look so rosy with Brian McBride out and the recent transfer of All-Star defender Bakary Soumare. If the Fire don’t win this year the are going to be possibly losing a whole lot more in terms of talent. Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Brian McBride, Chris Rolfe, Gonzalo Segares and Marco Pappa all may leave the team in 2010 (contracts being up and what not).
So yeah the time is kind of now for the Fire. Can they do it though? We’ll see.
USL Sale Rocking The Boat
I may go into this one a little more but it looks like the sale of the USL yesterday could really turn out ugly. A couple clubs could be leaving for good. Some folks think its the start of what could be MLS-2. Yeah, honestly we don’t know until more comes out of it but we could be looking at the end of a solid first…well second division.