My MLS awards ballot

October 25, 2013
(Major League Soccer)
(Major League Soccer)

It’s that time of the year in MLS: end of the regular season, start of the postseason and full-blown awards season.

The league was kind enough to send me a ballot. Here’s how I filled it out:

(MLS)
Deshorn Brown

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown: 10 goals, 4 assists for Jamaican selected 6th overall from University of Central Florida.

Second choice: Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers.

(MLS)
Matt Besler

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler: U.S. national team regular anchors a backline conceding less than one goal per match.

Second choice: New England Revolution’s Jose Goncalves.

(Portland Timbers)
Caleb Porter

COACH OF THE YEAR

Portland Timbers’ Caleb Porter: In first year as coach on pro level, former Akron boss is in hunt for Supporters’ Shield.

Runner-up: Colorado Rapids’ Oscar Pareja.

(MLS)
Kevin Alston

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston: Missed almost three months after being diagnosed with rare form of leukemia.

Runner-up: Philadelphia Union forward Conor Casey.

(MLS)
Nick Rimando

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando: Nine shutouts and 1.04 goals against average in season interrupted by U.S. national team call-ups.

Runner-up: Portland Timbers’ Donovan Ricketts.

(MLS)
Diego Valeri

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri: Eight goals, 12 assists in MLS debut season after loan from Lanus in native Argentina.

Runner-up: New England Revolution’s Jose Goncalves.


Mike Magee, warding off D.C. United’s Jared Jeffrey this month at RFK Stadium, has propelled the Chicago Fire into MLS playoff contention. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys — The Washington Post)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee: 14 goals, 4 assists in 21 games since May trade from L.A. for rights to Robbie Rogers reversed Fire fortunes.

Runner-up: Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio.

Tim Cahill of the Red Bulls (By Ted S. Warren -- Associated Press)
Tim Cahill of the Red Bulls (By Ted S. Warren — Associated Press)

BEST XI

Goalkeeper: Rimando.

Defenders: Besler, Goncalves and Colorado’s Chris Klute.

Midfielders: Valeri, New York’s Dax McCarty, New York’s Tim Cahill, New England’s Diego Fagundez.

Forwards: Magee, Di Vaio, Los Angeles’ Robbie Keane.

MLS will announce the finalists in each category Nov. 21 and the winners in late November and early December leading to MLS Cup on Dec. 7.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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