And we’re back from the Turkey Day weekend. I hope all of you had a nice weekend. The four day weekend was much needed here for me and now we move forward into the big week, MLS Cup week!
Later today the league will be unveiling their Best XI for the season, so I figured today would be a good day to finally release mine as well. Should any big news break from Don Garber’s State of the League address this afternoon, I’ll be sure to add it in here.
So here we go, the WVH Best XI for 2012. I decided to go with a 3-4-3 formation, something I used here and there in the fantasy manager game this season too!
Keeper: Jimmy Neilsen (Sporting KC)
I went back and forth on the keeper selection. Many good keepers in the league this year but Neilsen was head and shoulders above the rest in my book. He helped SKC win a lot of games and at the end of the day, that is what you want in the top keeper.
Defenders: YP Lee (Vancouver Whitecaps), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), and Matt Besler (Sporting KC)
Tough three to pick from but these three stood out the most. Lee was a beast for Vancouver and though while some will argue that Jay DeMerit was better for Vancouver, I felt Lee’s ability to get forward made him a great asset this season. He was clearly one of the league’s best fullbacks. Bernardez and Besler were two of the best defenders in the league, hands down this season. Besler won the Defender of the Year for me and for from the league. Bernardez probably helped San Jose win more games than he is really credited for.
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
The midfield seemed tough to select at first but the more I really looked at everything the more these four stood out.
Alonso is clearly one of the top, if not the top, defensive midfielder in all of MLS. He had a fantastic season with the Sounders.
Zusi’s coming out party continued into 2012 with his best performance yet. He helped guide SKC to a US Open Cup and another Eastern Conference crown. He also lead the league in assists, which is pretty impressive given his club’s offensive struggles in 2012.
Davis is well, there isn’t much you can say that is bad about him. He got a little more help this season but overall he was still as dominate as ever in the Houston midfield.
Donovan was once again Donovan, even with the injury issues. His stats weren’t monstrous as they’ve been in the past but his ability to lead his club is still impressive.
Forwards: Chris Wondowloski (San Jose), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) and Thierry Henry (New York)
I nearly went with a forth defender instead of Henry but at the last second I stuck to the 3-4-3 instead. Wondo and Keane were easy picks for me, both were amazing this season.