Major League Soccer Award season – How did I vote?

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So I was a bit surprised to be sent an invite to be a part of the media voting on the 2013 MLS league awards a couple weeks ago, but in looking at the categories and players I thought it was worthwhile to vote and I figure why not share my votes with you all.  I am sure that some of you will probably be upset I didn’t “homer” my votes but I tried to be honest based on all the matches I watched this season, not just RSL matches.

The first category was MVP:

  1. Mike Magee – While the Fire missed the playoffs his impact on them as well as how much I believe LA missed him, makes him my choice.
  2. Will Johnson – Fans of RSL know how good Will is, but this year he burst on the scene as the leader of Porter’s Timbers and won the West.

Next up was Defender of the Year:

  1. Jose Goncalves – A huge difference maker for New England, played every minute of every match this year.
  2. Chris Klute – I hate to say it but the Rapids got a real difference maker in Klute, gonna be a star for years to come.

Comeback Player of the Year (I struggle with this category, I just don’t like it):

  1. Saer Sene – Has been an impact player whenever he is on the pitch, after a horrid injury last year, surprised to see him back this year.
  2. Donovan Ricketts – Injuries, traded around the league but this year he was simply amazing for the Timbers.

Keeper of the Year:

  1. Nick Rimando – Without a doubt the best in the league this year, and had he not missed matches with the USMNT his numbers would be even more impressive.
  2. Donovan Ricketts – Other than Nick, it was often Ricketts winning save of the week.

Newcomer of the Year:

  1. Clint Irwin – Damn another Rapid, but when Pickens went down early in the season it was Irwin to stepped in, and before that I doubt anyone knew who he was.  They know now.
  2. Diego Valeri – He is the new Javier Morales in MLS and every bit as important to the Timbers as Javi is to RSL.

Rookie of the Year:

  1. Deshorn Brown – Yes another Rapid, between him and Dillon Powers the Rapids found some players who are real difference makers.
  2. Carlos Salcedo – Is he a homer pick? Probably but when Olave left RSL, then Schuler got hurt, then Watson-Siriboe got hurt he stepped in at centerback and showed more than most of us expected him to.

Humanitarian:

  1. Matt Reis – The Boston Marathon bombing hit close to home for Matt, and he used that to help raise fund for survivors.  Amazing Guy.
  2. Dan Kennedy – He does great work for St. Judes

Coach of the Year:

  1. Jason Kreis – “homer” vote, nope he once again lost key parts of the team, got younger, dropped the payroll to fit inside the cap, and ended up with a better team.
  2. Caleb Porter – Porter is likely going to win this and I can see why, took a team that was OK and help make them great, just 5 losses all season.  Impressive.

The Ref and Asst. Ref are just a joke- each listed 3 names and I picked at random to be honest.

Best XI:

Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Jose Goncalves, Mike Magee, Will Johnson, Graham Zusi, Marco Di Vaio, Camilo, Robbie Keane, Darlington Nagbe. (Yes I realized I didn’t have a single NYRB player on my list, that was likely a mistake on my part, but damn I would love to see this team on the pitch).

So there are my votes, love them, hate them, or ignore them, I just thought I would let you know how I voted.

That’s How I See It

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