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ProSoccerTalk’s Award conversations: Most Valuable Player

Oct 30, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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Three soccer brains are clearly better than one. So Richard Farley, Noah Davis and I huddled virtually to sort out our ProSoccerTalk picks for Major League Soccer awards.

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Steve Davis: Best for last, eh, boys? But I sense a short conversation coming on. I mean, a guy scores 27 goals and matches the all-time MLS season scoring record … So if we can all quickly agree on Chris Wondolowski, I’ve got the last ep of Homeland on DVR that I’m dying to watch. I’m going to pour some Jose Cuervo Especial and do a shot every time Claire Danes cries. Man, no one does tears like she does!

Noah Davis: Don’t tell me anything! I’m on the fifth episode of season one. Hopefully this hurricane will give me a chance to catch up with the rest of the world. Or the power will go out, and I’ll sit in the dark for the next 48 hours. I may need some of that Jose Cuervo, Steve.

Oh, and yes, Mr. Smiley for MVP. Couldn’t happen to a nicer dude.

Steve Davis: He is a good fellow, isn’t he?

Richard Farley: Two spots on the ballot, Steve. Who ya’ got No. 2?

Steve Davis:  I’ve got Robbie Keane next. Not a lot of talk about the guy, but his movement off the ball near goal makes so much happen for Bruce and Becks and the boys. And his numbers [16 goals, 9 assists] are sure bumping into MVP territory.

By the way, according to Alexi Lalas and that famous MVP criteria of his, Kenny Cooper is No. 2. Kenny Cooper, yo! Noah, who is your Dos?

Noah Davis: Thierry Henry, the man who handed KC all those goals.

Steve Davis: Wait a minute … I guess I got too distracted by Claire Danes’ quivering lip; I don’t understand your (most certainly brilliant and over my head) Henry-KC reference.

Noah Davis: KC is secret code for Kenny Cooper.

Steve Davis: D’oh! Of course. I was thinking ‘Kansas City.’ And did we get a MVP Dos from Farley? Somebody wake that guy up. He does love a good nap.

Richard Farley: I’m nothing if not predictable.

I put Osvaldo Alonso number two on my ballot, a difficult decision over Thierry Henry. Let me just offer this defense to those who don’t get to watch a lot of Sounders games: People think of Alonso as just a destroyer, but he’s the person that manages Seattle’s game in transition, especially as the Sounders have gone away from using Fredy Montero as much as a number 10 and relied more on Mauro Rosales coming in from the right. Alonso’s the man who makes that connection, and until Christian Tiffert adjusted to MLS over the last month, Alonso was a one man show in the middle.

Also, ever wonder how Seattle – with a decent but average defensive back five – finished with the league’s second fewest goals allowed? Ozzie Alonso.

Steve Davis: Hmmm. I’ve got Dax McCarty over Alonso as holding mid on my Best XI.  I sure hope I don’t sit next to Richard at the next ProSoccerTalk pancake breakfast. Talk about tense!

So, we’re all good on Chris “Wonder Wondo” Wondolowski as our MVP?  I’ve got to get the engraving going.

Our choice: San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski

  1. joeyt360 - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    The LA Galaxy were awesome last year with Gonzalez, crap early this year without Gonzalez, and then excellent again when he got back.

    • Steve Davis - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      i agree. but to say that a guy who played in 14 of 34 games this year is the league’s Most Valuable Player? … that seems like a stretch to me. just one man’s opinion, though.

      • joeyt360 - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        The award is Wondo’s in a runaway. I do think, though, that once we get to the point of forcing ourselves to give a few shout-outs to what are all in effect honorable mentions, Omar deserves one.

  2. danielofthedale - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    That episode of Homeland definitely had more suspense than this years MVP race. I mean this has to be Wondo’s and should be a unanimous pick. I have Henry two, with him on the field the Red Bulls look like real contenders while without him they looked good but just not good enough to challenge the likes of SKC or San Jose. Andy Gruenebaum would be third on my list. I mean he was by far the best keeper in the league this season and keep what was essentially a blew average Crew team in the playoff race up to the next to last week of the season.

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