- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 23, 2010
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- 2010 Awards, Mid-Season Awards
The Major League Soccer All-Star game is next week which means its a good time to dish out some mid-season awards. Nearly all the clubs have played 15 games, so we have a pretty good indication of who’s done the most and who hasn’t here.
I’d be shocked if a good portion of this list doesn’t change by the end of the year when we actually vote on these sorts of things. That ballot won’t be out until later this year and believe me I’m not going through all the usual awards right now either (why we vote on best ref is crazy!). I’ll throw in a couple of my own as well.
So let’s get to it. Feel free to include your own below.
2010 Mid-season Award:
Mid-Season MVP: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) – Yes Landon Donovan will likely get it if his stat line continues to go nuts (and deservingly so if that happens) but since he was out for a few weeks with the US National team it made me look elsewhere in the interest of fairness here. Morales is where I landed and to be honest it wasn’t a hard thought for me to go to him. His stats aren’t shabby but what he does is makes his team better. Without him on the pitch RSL look noticeably different too. The couple games that he’s missed this season RSL struggled offensively. With him they are a rock that doesn’t get beat too often.
Others in the mix: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto), Donovan (LA), Sebastian Le Toux (Philadelphia)
Coach of the Mid-Season: Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy) – Its really hard to go against what Arena has done in LA this year. They have 40 points through 18 games which is utterly impressive to see. Most teams don’t get 40 points in a single season much less through 18 games. What I like most about what Arena has done this year is the talent he’s brought in, particularly with the three young Brazilians. The move was for depth but it turns out to be more than that. Then you have youngsters like academy standout Tristan Bowen and rookie Michael Stephens. Arena is getting the very most out of his club and its paying off in big ways.
Others in the mix: Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas), Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes)
Rookie of the Mid-Season: Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)- I know Tim Ream in New York got a lot of love early on this year but when push comes to shove my vote right now is to Stephens. He helped the Galaxy stay on course for their successful season when Donovan and Edson Buddle were off in South Africa.
Others in the mix: Ream (New York), Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia), Andy Najar (D.C. United), Ike Opara (San Jose)
Defender of the Mid-Season: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)– The Galaxy have had the best defense so far this season hands down and Gonzalez has arguable been the reason for that.
Others in the mix: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Health Pearce (FC Dallas), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
Newcomer of the Mid-Season: Joel Lindpere (New York) – This will likely change to a teammate of his by the end of the year if last night is any indication of how good Thierry Henry will be for the club. Lindpere though deserves a good look for this award though. New York would be nothing in the midfield without him.
Others in the mix: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Ryan Smith (Kansas City)
Goalkeeper of the Mid-Season: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy) – His defense has had a lot to do with his numbers but honestly he’s a brick wall in goal and when LA has needed him this season he hasn’t disappointed.
Others in the mix: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew)
Most Underrated of the Mid-Season: David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – Want a guy that is flying under the radar and leading his club up the standings? Look no further than to Ferreira. I wasn’t a huge fan of Dallas signing him a year ago but he’s finally settled in MLS and is really doing well because of it. He won’t get the MVP hype he deserves if FC Dallas continues their hot streak but he definitely should.
Others in the mix: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy), and Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew)