MLS Awards 2011: Part IV of Many: MVP

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:

Will DeRo walk away with the award?

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.

Shea, an FC Dallas fan favorite...

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.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dinho on 2011/10/24 at 2:34 PM

    While I was impressed with all of the candidates, I think Davis needs to be the MVP if you take the award for what it is – the most valuable player to HIS TEAM. Without Davis, Houston are no where near the playoffs today. Hopefully, he gets what he deserves.


  2. Posted by @GrittyCitySnder on 2011/10/24 at 2:55 PM

    For me the Sounders would be spineless without Ozzie Alonzo. Mauro gets credit for running the top half of the field but Ozzie is the enforcer and played nearly as much as Keller this year in 3 Cups. Seattle would be a much softer team without Ozzie in the midfield and I wouldn’t surprised to see him grab the captain’s band next year.


  3. Posted by dikranovich on 2011/10/24 at 4:52 PM

    matthew, i think you make a good case for brek shea to be mvp. he played this season without dax and wasnt the other player mvp last season. david, whats his name, but there is still much talent with dallas.

    it sounds like houston has some talent and some pretty good experience, even with the players they have lost over the last couple season, most notably, fan favorite, stuart holden. all in all, there is pretty good parity in MLS. davis is good, but.

    if any player was most valuable to his team, it was dero. dc lost pontius at a crucial time and they never had there other dp boscovic, or whatever, but you got to think derosario is top pick, big numbers, big game.


  4. Give it to De Ro in recognition for what he has done over his career – like Giggs and the PFA Award.

    Hell, give him a contract bump as well, Shalrie too.


  5. “It’s why they won’t go far in the playoffs..”

    Eat that crow.


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