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MLS Awards Finalists Are .....

MVP (to be announced Nov. 19)
Jeff Cunningham, Dallas
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles
Shalrie Joseph, New England
Coach of the Year (Nov. 11)
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles
Sigi Schmid, Seattle
Robert Warzycha, Columbus
Rookie of the Year (Nov. 12)
Stefan Frei, Toronto
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles
Chris Pontius, D.C. United
Defender of the Year (Nov. 5)
Geoff Cameron, Houston
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle
Chad Marshall, Columbus
Goalie of the Year (Nov. 4)
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA
Comeback Player of the Year (Nov. 10)
Brian McBride, Chicago
Ben Olsen, DCU
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA
Newcomer of the Year (Nov. 10)
Kasey Keller, Seattle
Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle
Fredy Montero, Seattle

Who are your picks?

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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MVP
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Chris Pontius, D.C. United

Defender of the Year
Chad Marshall, Columbus

Goalie of the Year
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles

Comeback Player of the Year
Brian McBride, Chicago

Newcomer of the Year
Fredy Montero, Seattle

Posted by: nairbsod | November 2, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles

Defender of the Year
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle

Goalie of the Year
Kasey Keller, Seattle

Comeback Player of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Newcomer of the Year
Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 2, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

MVP - Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Coach of the Year - Sigi Schmid, Seattle

Rookie of the Year - Chris Pontius, D.C.

Defender of the Year - Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle

Goalie of the Year - Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Comeback Player of the Year Zach Thornton, Chivas USA
Newcomer of the Year - Fredy Montero, Seattle

The last one was hard, because Ljunberg has been excellent for Seattle, but given Monteros age, and natural talent at so young he gets the edge.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | November 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Chris Pontius, D.C. United

Defender of the Year
Chad Marshall, Columbus

Goalie of the Year
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles

Comeback Player of the Year
Ben Olsen, DC United

Newcomer of the Year
Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle

Posted by: DCU99fan | November 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen - you are kidding right? If Zach Thorton is in the running for best goalkeeper of the year and for comeback, then you have your answer right there.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 2, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Shalrie Joseph, New England

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles

Defender of the Year
Geoff Cameron, Houston

Goalie of the Year
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles

Comeback Player of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Newcomer of the Year
Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle

Posted by: PEddy | November 2, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

MVP Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Coach of the Year
Sigi Schmid, Seattle

Rookie of the Year
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles

Defender of the Year
Chad Marshall, Columbus

Goalie of the Year
Kasey Keller, Seattle

Comeback Player of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Newcomer of the Year
Fredy Montero, Seattle

No Pontius becuase he was really pretty ordinary the 2nd half of year. Ben Olsen came back, which is an accomplishment, but his presennce on the field for DC United was cleary a net negative.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 2, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Shalrie Joseph (Cunningham is a non-starter since FCD didn't make the playoffs; Joseph is the the only reason the Revs roster isn't equal in quality to San Jose)

Coach
Bruce Arena (Schmid started from scratch, but Arena was rebuilding a roster that was somehow worse than having no players)

Rookie
Chris Pontius (Gonzalez is a good contributor in LA, but you get the feeling they wouldn't be abysmal without him. For better or worse, Party Boy is a key player for DCU. Frei has no place on this list ahead of Darrius Barnes)

Defender
Geoff Cameron (Respect is due to Hurtado, but there was a stretch of the season where Cameron deserved MVP consideration. Marshall's a distant third this time around)

Goalie (what are we, the NHL?)
Kasey Keller (Not only is he the best keeper in MLS, but his organization is why they can get away with Hurtado being reckless sometimes and Marshall being past it)

Comeback
Zach Thornton (I would probably vote for Ben Olsen in literally anything, including President once he's eligible, but I think we all expected him to come back and be solid. Thornton, on the other hand, was on no one's radar to be even a reliable backup, much less a strong starter. What did McBride even come back from? How is he on this list?)

Newcomer
Fredy Montero (As a United fan, I have a deep loathing for an opposing player who dives and fakes injury enough to make us forget Blanco. However, as an MLS fan, we need more players that have his flashy skills and his ability to turn those skills into tangible results)

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 2, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I pick someone from Seattle for newcomer of the year.

Posted by: Reignking | November 2, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Since I am on the phone paying my cable bill I am agreeing with Chest.

Plus he is right about Shalrie Joseph. Landy Cakes is a beast but doesn't deserve it this yr. I only wish is that Shalrie Joseph was American.

Posted by: grubbsbl | November 2, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Jeff Cunningham, Dallas


Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles


Rookie of the Year
Chris Pontius, D.C. United


Defender of the Year
Geoff Cameron, Houston


Goalie of the Year
Kasey Keller, Seattle


Comeback Player of the Year (Nov. 10)
Ben Olsen, DCU


Newcomer of the Year
Fredy Montero, Seattle

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | November 2, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Minus well give Garber his wishful thinking to come true and award everything to Seattle so he can cry again.

BA-ZIN-GA!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 2, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

MVP: Donovan - for putting aside his ego and playing a full season with Beckham.

Coach: Schmid - for having a good debut season when the whole league was mediocre.

Rookie: Pontius - they have to throw us a bone, don't they?

Goalie: Keller - what Chest wrote.

Comeback: McBride - because he came back to Chicago.

Newcomer: I refuse to vote because all the choices are from one team. But if I had to, I'd pick Montero because he's a better fit for the definition of "new," unlike the two Euro veterans.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 2, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What Chest said.

Posted by: Kosh2 | November 2, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

MVP: Shalrie Joseph
Coach of the Year: Sigi Schmid
Rookie of the Year Chris Pontius
Defender of the Year: Geoff Cameron
Goalie of the Year: Kasey Keller
Comeback Player of the Year: Zach Thornton
Newcomer of the Year: Fredy Montero

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | November 2, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

MVP - Shalrie Joseph
No question really, but he'll be snubbed for Donovan (not a big deal, Donovan had a great year, as well)

Coach of the Year - Bruce Arena
More impressive than what Sigi did in Seattle

Rookie of the Year - Omar Gonzalez
Omar gets it over Frei based on actually qualifying for the playoffs;

Defender of the Year - Geoff Cameron

Goalie of the Year - Donovan Ricketts

Comeback Player of the Year - Zach Thornton
It would be a travesty if Thornton didn't win.

Newcomer of the Year - Fredy Montero

Posted by: Jooseppi | November 2, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why even vote on this stuff before the play offs are over?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 2, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Chest,

Frei has no place ahead of Barnes? Barnes would be behind his teammate, Alston, on my RoY list.

Rookie Best XI anyone? Frei, Alston, Barnes, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Zakuani, Cronin, Wallace, Lahoud, Pontius and Amarwika, plus Hall, White (looked good in limited late appearances), etc...

Posted by: sportsparenttoo | November 2, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Shalrie Joseph, New England

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Stefan Frei, Toronto

Defender of the Year
Chad Marshall

Goalie of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas

Comeback Player of the Year
Ben Olsen, DC

Newcomer of the Year
Freddie Montero, Seattle

Posted by: invncbl | November 2, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

MVP: Donovan
Coach: Arena
Rookie: Omar
Defender: Marshall
Goalie: Thornton
Comeback: Ben
Newcomer: Kasey or Ljungberg (yech, just not Montero)

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 2, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

MVP
Shalrie Joseph, New England

Coach of the Year
Bruce Arena, Los Angeles

Rookie of the Year
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles

Defender of the Year
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle

Goalie of the Year
Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles

Comeback Player of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Newcomer of the Year
Fredy Montero, Seattle

Posted by: fed-up-united | November 2, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

wow, my actual picks were held for approval... Goff, did guys flip the switch on the Flounders trash talk filter?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 2, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan, the awards are for the regular season. I believe all the votes that count have been cast, they are just waiting to announce the winners. The Seattle Times writer said he already voted.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | November 2, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

There is a case for picking Pontius over Gonzalez; I don't think it's that great a case, but it's not crazy.

But any DC picking Olsen over Thornton is blinded by homerism. We thought Olsen's career might be over; instead, he came back to make a solid contribution while having some good games and some bad games. In contrast, Thornton's career was thought to be over; instead, he came back as arguably the best goalkeeper in the entire league.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | November 2, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

MVP: Joseph. He played half the season in midfield, half up top. Played half their playoff game in midfield, and ran that, then played the other half up top, and scored the game winning goal.

Coach: Arena. Like Chest said, that roster had him so handcuffed he would have been better off with an expansion team. Plus, someone else mentioned Donovan putting aside his ego, I'd bet a lot of that is thanks to Arena, who he obviously has a lot of respect for.

Rookie: Pontius. Simply more influential to his team and its results than the others.

Defender: Cameron. I was rarely not amazed with him, and I watched about 2/3 of Houston's games.

Goalie: Keller. I'll give it to him, based on his goals per game average and because...

Comeback: Thornton. Yesterday in the Chivas-LA game my brother mentioned how big he was, and then I remembered he lost like 30 pounds in the offseason and revived his career completley.

Newcomer: Ljungberg. He was often the driving force behind that time offensively. He was always into the game, always showing he cared and wanted to win, something we haven't always seen from DPs, and with the crowd there, there was definitely pressure for him to perform, and he has.


(Did I sound as convincing as Chest? Maybe even halfway?)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 2, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

CACuzcatlan, I regretted hitting submit the instant I hit it. I know darn well what these awards are, and I really should have just typed: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
The fact that all three newcomer nominees are Scroungers is pathetic.
Keller shouldn't be eligible since he's already the frontrunner in Keeper of the year, Ljungberg shakes his head and complains too much and Montero is too dishonest for me to appreciate his play.
Much like Ronaldo. Once his actual potency surpasses his BS I'll respect him a bit more.

Let's see if this one gets through the filter.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 2, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

All the votes for Pontius here come down to:

1) homerism :-)

2) striker position gets more attention

Omar can't be replaced...who goes in? Sanneh??? I respect Sanneh for all that he has done but yikes!!!

Posted by: LAfanofSI | November 2, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@ LAfanofSI
As a SoCal fan of SI, I actually agree with you. I find Wallace to be a much more compelling choice for ROTY, actually. Wallace and Pontius' numbers are about the same (Wallace has an edge in minutes and games started, Pontius has an extra goal), but even as useful as Pontius has been, Wallace has literally been all over the field for us, both positionally and literally, all season. And, he got those numbers without even being a striker.

Either way, I sure hope we keep those two around for a few years.

Posted by: vivzig | November 2, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Newcomer of the year: Dejan Jakovic.......

Posted by: JaimeSegundo | November 2, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Newcomer of the year: Dejan Jakovic.......

Posted by: JaimeSegundo | November 2, 2009 10:30 PM
________________________________
^^^^ This.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | November 3, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

MVP
Landycakes

Coach of the Year
Robert Warzycha

Rookie of the Year
Chris Pontius, D.C. United

Defender of the Year
Chad Marshall, Columbus

Goalie of the Year
Kasey Keller, Seattle

Comeback Player of the Year
Zach Thornton, Chivas USA

Newcomer of the Year
Fredy Montero, Seattle

Posted by: wis193 | November 4, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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