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.
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.
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:
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
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.
MLS Coach of the Year:
Candidates: All 18 MLS Coaches are candidates, (except Hans Flop…kidding)
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.