MLS Awards: Part I of Many: This Is A Democracy…

About the domestic league...

…sort of.

Let me explain.

First, the schedule of events over the next four or five days. Today, “voting” on MLS Awards “Part I,” Saturday, more, Sunday more, Monday “voting” on MLS Awards Part Final (Best XI). Note, on that Best XI, TSG won’t chicken out and go with three defenders–LAME!

Tuesday, the crew of us who did an MLS Preview talk about–mostly–how wrong we are and who are current picks are.

Cool.

First the fun for you.

This year, TSG will handle their MLS Awards Vote with help from the community. As you know, it’s the community that is valued at TSG above all.

In the spirit of MLS, we’ll be similar to the US government (with no filibusters). I’ll ask for your perspective–here–on a number of awards to shape TSG’s vote, but like the President (so to speak) we’ll have veto and overruling power. (You’re going to be hard-pressed to convince me Brad Davis is not the MVP. Go ahead, add Pontius, Davies, Najar, McCarty and more to the Dynamo. Go ahead).

Anywho….away we go. Part I. Please add your comments and selection below.

One caveat, TSG will give more weight to comments below that add in (click the link below) a selection for Humanitarian of the Year. We believe strongly in The Beautiful Game here at TSG.

And I’ll announce TSG’s selections on Wednesday.

And please click below the fold for the rules.

Today we look at:

MLS Humanitarian of the Year: Click here for more info

TSG skinny: We’re not going to taint you. We’ve been following one of these players all season long.

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MLS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

First and second choice selections, conference agnostic–just added that in for ease of viewing
Candidates from the Eastern Conference: 

Soares for New England..

A.J. Soares (New England) Defender

Diego Fagundez (New England) Forward

Stephen McCarthy (New England) Midfielder

Zac McMath (Philadelphia) Goalie

Michael Farfan (Philadelphia) Defender/Midfielder

Zac MacMath (Philadelphia) Goalie

Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire) Defender

Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew) Midfielder

Rich Balchan (Columbus Crew) Defender

Perry Kitchen (DC United) Midfielder

Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) Forward

CJ Sapong (Sporting KC) Forward

Matt Stinson (Toronto FC) Midfielder

Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC) Defender

Nagbe for Portland...

Candidates from the Western Conference:

Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) Forward

Rafael Baca (San Jose) Midfielder

Anthony Ampaipitakwong (San Jose) Midfielder

Servando Carasco (Seattle) Midfielder

Jeb Brovsky (Vancouver) Midfielder

Michael Boxall (Vancouver Whitecaps) Defender

Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA) Defender

TSG skinny: Bruin was our preseason choice with Sapong second. Sapong looks strong here as does Anibaba. What can’t be discounted is Anibaba’s impact on the Fire once he was moved to the middle of the pitch.

Michael Farfan has etchd his way into the debate.

Nagbe, a dark horse? Or would that be A.J. Soares who played on a bad wheel all year and faced some major opponents all year long.

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MLS Coach of the Year:

Candidates: All 18 MLS Coaches are candidates, (except Hans Flop…kidding)

Very Coach of the Year looking in this pic...

The skinny: Robin Fraser was the leader in this space until he got found out a little bit. Bruce Arena–the manager–deserves some credit this year for putting together one of the best MLS seasons in history. Cristman, Barrett and JPA at FW and he has a banner year?

Piotr Nowak deserves credit for greatly improving the defense and then his team finding the scoring touch. Dom Kinnear has clearly done the best with what he’s had–on the manager front. I’m out on Jason Kreis for this award–I think he put too much weight on the CONCACAF Champion’s League and then really didn’t have a fallback plan when the win wasn’t assured.

Also out on Sigi Schmid, who’s team may be a TSG favorite for the playoffs, but had Mauro Rosales might not have arrived, we may have been speaking in the same vein about Seattle as we are about New York. Robert Warzycha for the Crew deserves serious merit as well.

Frank Klopas, the dark horse.

RULES

For all nine Player & Coach awards, the following three groups will be eligible to vote:

Clubs  (33.3% of total) – no voting for your own players/coach allowed

  • CBOs (one per club)
  • Technical Director/GM (one per club)
  • Head Coach (one per club)
  • Communications/Community Relations (one per club)

[Up to four votes per club; up to 72 votes from all 18 clubs. Each voter’s valid e-mail address must be provided for verification purposes. Votes cast for players/coach of the voter’s club will not be counted.]

Players  (33.3% of total) – no voting for your teammates/coach allowed

  • Players (all rostered players)

[Up to 521 votes from active players. Each voter’s valid e-mail address must be provided for verification purposes. Votes cast for players/coach of the voters’ club will not be counted.

Media  (33.3% of total)

  • Media members (by invitation)

WHO NOMINATES

All 18 current head coaches were nominated for Coach of the Year. Each club had the opportunity to nominate their players for awards, up to the prescribed limit for each described below.

VOLKSWAGEN MLS MVP (up to three players per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: Most Valuable Player in MLS during the 2011 regular season.

MLS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR (up to two players per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: Best defender in MLS during the 2011 regular season.

MLS COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR (one player per team, each with 60-word bio, will be on ballot)

  • Description: Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2011 regular season.

ALLSTATE MLS GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR (up to two players per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: Best goalkeeper in MLS during the 2011 regular season.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (up to two players per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: The best newcomer in MLS during the 2011 regular season. For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2011.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (up to three players per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: The best rookie in MLS during the 2011 regular season. For this award, “rookie” is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2011.

MLS W.O.R.K.S HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR (one player per team, each with 60-word bio, will be on ballot)

  • Description: Honors an MLS player who showed outstanding dedication to charitable efforts and serving the community during the 2011 season.

MLS COACH OF THE YEAR (one coach per team will be on ballot)

  • Description: Best head coach in MLS during the 2011 regular season.

The Best XI portion of the ballot will be conducted by write-in vote, with all players who appeared in a 2011 MLS regular season match eligible.

MLS BEST XI (all players who appeared in a regular season MLS match in 2011 are eligible)

  • Description: The best 11 players during the 2011 regular season, in a common soccer formation (4-4-2, 4-3-3, or 3-5-2).
  • Voters will be asked to input 11 players, including one goalkeeper, at least 3 defenders, at least 3 midfielders, and at least 2 forwards.
  • Players will be ranked from most to least votes, then selected by position to the Best XI.
    • Players from the voter’s team will not be counted.
    • A vote for Best XI must be complete to be counted.
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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chip on 2011/10/21 at 2:44 PM

    I agree with you that Sapong is a strong choice for R.O.Y. So, you probably should include him in your list. :)

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  2. Posted by dth on 2011/10/21 at 6:29 PM

    R.O.Y: I don’t think there’s a natural ROY, to be honest. I think MLS should switch to a Young Player of the Year award. Because soccer’s a little different than other sports, I think it makes more sense to have that than ROY. But, if I have to choose…I’ll go Sapong.

    Manager of Year: At first I thought for sure it was Hyndman, but his lack of player rotation really did him in. Instead, I’ll go with Arena.

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  3. Posted by elizabeth on 2011/10/21 at 10:01 PM

    For Coach of the Year: Klopas. The way he turned the Fire around was impressive

    Rookie: Sapong

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  4. Posted by 4now on 2011/10/22 at 1:07 AM

    FYI, Sapong not included in the list above.

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  5. CJ Sapong was my Rookie of The Year

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  6. Posted by Kevin on 2011/10/23 at 5:14 PM

    You’ve been following one candidate for humanitarian of the year award? That couldn’t possibly be Sean Franklin right?

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/10/24 at 2:42 PM

      It’s not actually. Read about the candidates — there is a lot of pretty cool stuff in there.

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  7. Posted by mbw on 2011/10/23 at 7:28 PM

    I vote for Sapong and Arena.

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  8. Posted by john on 2011/10/24 at 7:15 AM

    klopas is the interim coach… can he still win COTY?

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  9. Posted by Jim on 2011/10/24 at 12:26 PM

    How does Vermes not get a mention for Coach of the Year after turning the program around from 1-6-3 after ten games to 51 points overall. Then again, I wonder if the author recognizes that Sporting KC is in the league, as he also leaves out CJ Sapong on his ROY list.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/10/24 at 12:42 PM

      Jim: CJ is in the list, but neither “skinny” section is meant to address every candidacy.

      In terms of the vote, I’m pretty sure CJ will be TSG’s selection. On the COY of the year, Vermes is a strong candidate. I would say Klopas bringing the Fire back from the dead, Arena managing without forwards to one of the top seasons ever and Kinnear all are very strong candidates as well.

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  10. Rookie – Sapong will take the award. Anibaba, Soares, & Kitchen/White more integral to their teams but without results and flash.

    Manager – Outside the box gives me Robert Warzycha in Columbus or John Spencer in Portland.

    Getting a rebuilding Crew side into the playoffs is an achievement, and with injuries/loss of form to Gaven & Rogers they may have stayed at the top of the East.

    What Spencer accomplished with an expansion side is remarkable – consider that everyone was punting the Timbers to be dreadful, instead a pleasant surprise and great addition to the league.

    Humanitarian – Homer pick here – Demitrius Omphroy. I’ve seen a lot of what he did for the community – being in Toronto – and as someone who combats the disease he raises awareness for, he’s been a good role model for those he visits. Also he auditioned to be on Degrassi, not sure if it panned out, but awesome nevertheless.

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