We wanted to do a bigger expose on MVP, but alas we’ve run out of time for stating the case.
Though if you’ve been following along at home, you know who TSG’s frontrunner is.
Help us decide:
Volkswagen 2011 MLS MVP: (Most Valuable Player in MLS during the 2011 regular season. )
Candidates: (Only those in consideration by TSG.)
Dwayne DeRosario – DC United
Brad Davis – Houston Dynamo
Brek Shea – FC Dallas
Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders
Dan Kennedy – Chivas USA
Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew
Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez – Los Angeles Galaxy
Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls
Faryd Mondgragon – Philadelphia Union
Kyle Beckerman – Real Salt Lake
Osvaldo Alonso – Seattle Sounders
Graham Zusi – Sporting KC
Joao Plata – Toronto FC
TSG skinny: You’ll be hard-pressed to have TSG buff out the name of Brad Davis that we’ve soddered into our “1st choice” section of the MVP ballot.
He played every match. He had rotating forwards. He had very little to no help in central midfield to take the pressure of him.
Houston has two ways to score. A Brad Davis pass with or against the run-of-play to a forward or a Brad Davis set piece that finds the dome of Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell or Brian Ching. That’s pretty much it. It’s why they won’t go far in the playoffs and it’s why Brad Davis is the MVP.
Dwayne DeRosario, Brek Shea and Mauro Rosales are nipping at Davis’s heals. Going in reverse, no player–besides Davis–has meant more to their team’s success than Rosales. Yet he continually battles to remain on the field. MVP’s need to stay on the field.
For Shea, it was a test of fortitude rather than a case of dazzling during the stretch run of the season. Putting in both national and club time, being asked to carry FC Dallas with David Ferreira on the shelf, and manning a midfield minus both Ferreira and Dax McCarty, Shea had, by all accounts, one of the top MLS seasons by any player. But MVP?
As for Dwayne DeRosario, there probably is not question that he was the most dominant player during stretches of this year’s campaign. Certainly for his summer entrance to the beltway and his last month, DeRosario has been a wrecking crew. But there are some blemishes on an MVP season and they include: his team not making the playoffs (and if you argue about Pontius going down doesn’t that notion actually refute his campaign), his inability to fit in in New York (sure a minor point, but if you’re having an MVP season, no matter what club you’re with you “create value.”) and oscillations in his performance from scalding hot to cold, especially when he missed a penalty kick that in retrospect could have put DC United in the playoffs.