Thursday, November 8, 2007
Toronto FC midfielder Maurice Edu, a former Maryland Terrapin, was voted Major League Soccer's rookie of the year yesterday, three weeks after making his international debut.
Edu played a full 90 minutes for the United States in a 1-0 exhibition victory over Switzerland in Basel. The first No. 1 selection in MLS's annual draft to win rookie of the year, he was one of the few bright spots for Toronto, scoring four goals in 25 starts for a team that finished with the league's worst record (6-17-7).
First-year coach Preki was voted coach of the year, earning the honor after guiding Chivas USA to the second-best record in MLS.
Preki, 44, retired as a player in 2005 after a 22-year career that comprised stints at clubs in his native Yugoslavia, England and MLS as well as 28 appearances for the United States, including the 1998 World Cup. The only two-time winner of MLS's MVP award, he ascended from assistant coach to manager this year when Bob Bradley left Chivas USA for the U.S. national team.
Chivas was the worst team in MLS when it debuted in 2005, but under Preki this year went 15-7-8 with 53 points, two points behind D.C. United. Chivas lost only once at home.
Both D.C. and Chivas were eliminated in the first round of the MLS Cup playoffs.
MLS awards are determined by a vote of players, coaches, general managers and reporters.
-- From News Services