- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 2, 2010
- 4 Comments
- 2010 MLS Awards, Alvaro Saborio, Andy Najar, Bobby Convey, David Ferreira, Dwayne De Rosario, Edson Buddle, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jamison Olave, Javier Morales, Kevin Hartman, Landon Donovan, Nat Borchers, Omar Gonzalez, Schellas Hyndman, Sebastien Le Toux
For a couple weeks now I’ve held off on reveling my end of the year awards. I mainly wanted to see the season end and the playoffs begin before I wrote this all out. Plus I honestly had no idea how I wanted to present this. But on Election Day it just feels right to tell you all how I voted in this year’s MLS Awards.
First of all I’m going to leave out the pointless awards like Ref of the Year. I still don’t get why we vote on that in the first place since we know about all the officiating issues in MLS. I also won’t list things like Humanitarian of the Year or things like that. Most of you probably could care less about awards like that anyways.
Anyways, I’ll start with some awards that will be announced by the league here in the coming days and end with the big ones. I’ll also count them down by my vote as well, remember the media (and probably players/GMs/coaches) gets three slots for voting.
Defender of the Year
3. Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
2. Nat Borchers (RSL)
1. Jamison Olave (RSL)
Why Olave: To be real honest between Olave and Borchers it wasn’t easy. It was a 1a and 1b type of vote for me but more times than not I felt Olave was the better of the two this season. Had we done this vote back in June I believe Gonzalez would have taken it home but just like the rest of the year for the Galaxy, Gonzalez too had some issues in the latter part of the summer. Olave was more consistent this year than he’s been in the past as well which was refreshing to see.
Keeper of the Year
3. Donovan Ricketts (LA)
2. Nick Rimando (RSL)
1. Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Why Hartman: Between the time he took over and his injury Hartman was the biggest reason why FCD went on that amazing run that they did. In 20 games this season he had 9 shutouts, and only 12 goals against. I know Rimando had a stellar year and I get why folks will vote for him. RSL fans can blame me on being too close to the action here with Hartman but I really had no hesitation in voting this way.
Rookie of the Year
3. Michael Stephens (LA)
2. Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia)
1. Andy Najar (D.C. United)
Why Najar: Why not really? He was easily the best player on their team this year and should become the first academy product in the league history to win this award. He was consistent when others were not this season and provided a true spark for D.C. when they really had nothing else going for them this season.
Comeback Player of the Year
3. Jason Hernandez (San Jose)
2. Chris Albright (New York)
1. Bobby Convey (San Jose)
Why Convey: I’m still curious what Brek Shea came back from (he’s one of the three nominees with Albright and Convey). Anyways, to me it was down to Albright and Convey. Yes Albright missed 2009 while Convey just stunk up the place last year. For me it was about getting back to where he should be as a player and that’s what Convey did this year. Not to say Albright doesn’t deserve this award because he does, I just felt Convey made a bigger comeback from being so bad last year to so much better this year.
Newcomer of the Year
3. Ryan Smith (Kansas City)
2. Joel Lindpere (New York)
1. Alvaro Saborio (RSL)
Why Saborio: He lead his club in goals and really gave me no reason not to vote for him in this award. Lindpere was amazing for New York’s turnaround though so we can’t ignore what he did. I was just more impressed with the fact that a lot of clubs couldn’t figure out how to deal with Saborio this year.
Coach of the Year
3. Peter Nowak (Philadelphia)
2. Jason Kreis (RSL)
1. Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas)
Why Hyndman: This may have been the hardest award to vote on outside of MVP. I put Nowak over Hans Backe because I was very impressed with how Nowak guided Philly through their expansion season. I believe he’s set them up perfectly for 2011. Then it came down to Kreis and Hyndman. Both had equally impressive campaigns in 2010 and we can’t ignore that enough. I went the direction that I did not because I was closer to the team here in Dallas than RSL but it came down to that 19-game unbeaten run. Sure there were a ton of draws with this Dallas team but due to the way Hyndman constructed this team for this season it was impressive to see their “never say die” attitude.
3. Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
2. Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia)
1. David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Why Ferreira: Again the toughest award to vote on, probably ever. So many worthy choices but I stuck with Ferreira like I stuck with my pick of Hyndman. It wasn’t just that unbeaten run that was impressive from him and this bunch but Ferreira was the leader and the guy that just got stuff done for Dallas. We saw that in the opener in the playoffs against RSL, he just finds ways to get the team on the board. I was shocked to not see Le Toux as a finalist because let’s be honest he deserved it, then again so does Wondolowski.
WVH Best XI For 2010
(Voting format was a 3-5-2)
Keeper: Kevin Hartman
Defense: Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Omar Gonzalez
Midfield: David Ferreira, Sebastien Le Toux, Dwayne De Rosario, Javier Morales, Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Forwards: Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle
Reasons behind Best XI: First of all the way the league handles this is crazy. A 3-5-2 is always tough to vote on especially when they place guys out of position. I’d rather have Donovan placed in the midfield and Ferreira in the forwards but this is out it goes. I know some are thinking no Wondo in the forwards? Well Buddle was the leader going into the day I voted and Donovan was the top assist getter in the league too. If I had to vote on this again today I may replace Buddle with Wondo.