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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.