And let the second guessing begin.
First some bullets:
• Had an extremely difficult time for the Best XI as you might imagine. We were committed to choosing four defenders (who plays three defenders in MLS?) The toughest calls were: (1) Osvaldo Alonso (narrowly beating out Kyle Beckerman), (2) Sheanon Williams (narrowly beating out Chance Myers), and (3) Mauro Rosales (narrowly beating out Landon Donovan and Sebastien Le Toux.)
• Did you realize–thank you Jason Price–that Kasey Keller made 110 saves! That’s ridiculous….especially for a 2nd place team.
• Coach of the Year was really a four horse race. Let’s remind everyone here that the Philadelphia Union are in their second year as a professional team. All they did was completely pull a 180-degree turn in goal differential, survive Sebu Le Toux’s early season doldrums and Freddy Adu being a super sub. Peter Vermes in at #2 while Frank Klopas and Schellas Hyndman both did an excellent job.
• Brad Davis is our MVP followed closely by Brek Shea with Dwayne DeRosario on his heals.
» Let’s take a little bit closer look at Brad Davis versus the competition. He played and started every game. What other candidate can say that?
» He plays defense.
David Beckham, Dwayne DeRosario
» He was the only creator in his midfield.
» Take a step back and–yes this is perhaps an unfair comparison, but–look at each team and remove their MVP candidate(s). Who’s roster wouldn’t you want to have besides the Houston Dynamo. (Sorry Dynamo fans).
» Brad Davis had nobody to take the heat off. Brek Shea nearly nobody.
• Perhaps a little head scratcher–or not–Carlos Valdes is selected as our defender of the year just ahead of Omar Gonzalez, Chad Marshall and George John.
• And a final note: PERLAZA! Oh so close to putting the Megabus in there somewhere.