Don Garber announces the MLS Best XI: (3-5-2)
DEF: Olave, Borchers, Gonzalez
MID: Ferreira, DeRosario, LeToux, Morales, Donovan
STR: Buddle, Wondolowski
TSG’s Best XI:
A play on our preview columns.
Here’s our selections for the best of the best in MLS this year.
Note! We are taking playoff observations into account as they provided further data. We’ll update this piece on Tuesday when MLS announces their own “eleven findings.”
Really, though, no surprises on this list, in our minds:
G: Kevin Hartman
The skinny: Our selection for keeper of the year as well provided the guidance to the back four of Dallas during the season and made a handle-full of big saves.
DEF: Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Jamison Olave, Heath Pearce
The skinny: Got to choose four defenders. Name for me an MLS team that employs a 3-back set. A cop out to not name four.
MID: Landon Donovan, David Ferreira, Javier Morales
The skinny: Anybody you would remove from this list. Donovan leads in assists.
FW: Sebastien Le Toux
The skinny: Our MVP, until we watched Ferreira on Sunday.
STR: Edson Buddle, Chris Wondolowski
The skinny: Easily the two most prolific.
C: Frankie Yallop
The skinny: Edges out Schellas Hyndman for doing more with less and developing game plans to counter the best.
G: Jimmy Nielsen
The skinny: Nick Rimando is a product of his back four and we already discussed Donovan Ricketts shortcomings earlier today.
Jimmy Neilsen kept KC in it.
DEF: Nat Borchers, Bobby Convey
The skinny: Nat Borchers junkyard-dogged his way to top-3 defender of the year status. MLS’s Jay DeMerit. Bobby Convey solved a problem for San Jose and provided a little offense on the edge.
MID: Brad Davis,
DeWayne DeRosario, Andy Najar, Jeff Larentowicz
The skinny: Brad Davis was Houston until Geoff Cameron’s concern. With little offensive support Davis was still the consummate professional.
DeRosario should be on the 1st team, but his attitude and infamous goal celebration drop him to the bench. I debated dropping him altogether. (Scratch that…I just dropped him.)
The redhead from the Rockies takes his spot.
Andy Najar. Not my ROY, but forced defenses to account for him on a horrific DC United team. That earns this place.
STR: Omar Cummings
The skinny: Says here that Cummings wins the Golden Boot if he plays on Los Angeles.
More later Tuesday…