…and we’re back, next question:
Who’s your MLS Rookie of the Year? (Look I’m no egomaniac, but not one of these guys choose TSG, what gives?!)
Joe, Miami Monsters: Strong draft class for 2010. I am going with two guys here: Ike Opara wins it by strengthening the San Jose defense or Corben Bone, Chicago Fire, by doing what he does best: create and set-up goals.
Chris, Dynamo Fan: Rookie of the Year is tough to call in MLS because of the varied player backgrounds (college, youth, international) but I’m seeing some great young talent around the league. Joel Lindpere from the Red Bulls had a confident strike in his first match, Philly has a few very promising youngsters in Jack McInerney, Danny Mwanga, and Roger Torres. Ike Opara is starting at centerback as a rookie for San Jose, and Andy Najar from DC United looks like he could have some real potential.
Connor Walsh, Ninety-Plus: Ike Opara, San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose’s backline was was leakier than a wicker tub last season, and US U-20 stand out Opara is mean enough to overcome the green in his first season.
Charles, MetroStars: Ike Opara for MLS Rookie of the Year. Also on my list for consideration were Corben Bone, Dilly Duka, Andrew Wiedeman, Jack McInerney, & Danny Mwanga. Of these six, I figure that Opara will have the most first-team opportunities, as the Quakes desperately need to reduce their goals against. I watched Opara, Duka, and McInerney play in a youth World Cup. I’ve seen Wiedeman play several matches in Berkeley – poaching goals predator-style.