- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 8, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, Features
It is July, which means it is time for the mid-season awards. Others around the internet have posted their’s today and I felt like jumping on board now with my own.
As wild and unpredictable as this year has been, I’m fairly certain that most of these awards below won’t be anywhere near what is voted on at the end of the season.
So here we go.
MVP: Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)
Hard to believe it but Magee actually leads the league with 11 goals. Who saw that coming back in March? Furthermore, he helped lead LA at the beginning of the year with his Player of the Month award in March and then he followed it up once he landed in Chicago in June. Crazy. The dude is just a natural leader and he is making the Fire a contender. If he keeps up his hot streak, you can bet on him winning this and the Fire being in the playoffs.
Others in contention: Robbie Keane (LA), Michel (FC Dallas), Marco Di Vaio (Montreal), Will Johnson (Portland)
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Farrell (New England)
It seems like it has been ages since a number one pick lived up to the hype but Farrell is just that. He’s helped get the Revs from the bottom of the table to playoff contention here. He has been every bit as good as we thought he would be back in January and right now there are only a couple players I see out there that could surpass him.
Others in contention: Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Dillon Powers (Colorado), Deshorn Brown (Colorado)
Coach of the Year: Marco Schällibaum (Montreal)
Sure, Caleb Porter has done a masterful job in Portland but there is something about what Schällibaum has done in Montreal that strikes me a little more. He didn’t re-tool the roster that much in the off season and yet he has still gotten a ton out of a fairly veteran squad. Oh yeah, and they lead the league in points-per-game.
Others in contention: Caleb Porter (Portland), Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)
Newcomer of the Year: Michel (FC Dallas)
Out of the 27 goals FC Dallas has scored this season, Michel has been apart of 14 of them. Now that doesn’t mean he has 14 assists as some were the first pass in a string of passes that lead to a goal. But still, the Brazilian has been very good for Dallas and has really been a bright spot for that club. Not to mention, he has played the majority of this season out of position. He’s a left back by nature, not a defensive midfielder.
Others in contention: Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Diego Valeri (Portland), Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas)
Biggest Disappointment: D.C. United
Holy smokes, has there been a bigger bust in one year than United? Only 10 points on the year with just two wins and eight goals scored.
Others in contention: San Jose Earthquakes
Biggest Surprise: Portland Timbers
I expected the Timbers to be better under Porter but I never envisioned this kind of turnaround. The impressive 15-game unbeaten run and countless player of the week awards have been impressive.
Others in contention: Montreal Impact, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake