Dwayne de Rosario MVP

Major League Soccer announced Dwayne De Rosario as sthe leagues 2011 Most Valuable Player. If you haven't already, you can read the official announcement. I think its the right choice, and the league avoids repeating a misselection ala Guevara's 2004 MVP award, which in my opinion should have gone to Jaime Moreno. The league was kind enough to also release the voting results, showing that De Rosario was the clear winner, particularly in the Player voting.

You could argue, how could he be the league MVP if two teams traded him in one season? Well, the easy answer is that TFC and NY didn't know what a good player they had. I think it means that his role at D.C. United, both on and off the field, is the best fit for him. Not only did he bring some stellar performances on the field, but he provided veteran leadership for his young teammates off the field. In his time with United, he scored more goals than last 3 MVP winners, while logging 600 minutes less. His overall season totals of 16 goals and 12 assists rank near the top of all MVP winners. Finally, he's the fifth player to repeat as MVP and Golden Boot (most goals) in a single season.

Congrats De Ro! What do you think? Does D.C. United have the cornerstone for building a more competitive team in 2012?

Season Player GP Mins. Goals Assists
2011 - DCU Dwayne de Rosario 18 1,488 13 7
2011 - All Clubs Dwayne de Rosario (Golden Boot) 33 2,781 16 12
2010 David Ferreira (Dallas) 24 2,699 8 13
2009 Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) 25 2,152 12 6
2008 Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus) 27 2,216 7 19
2007 Luciano Emillio (D.C. United) (Golden Boot) 29 2,410 20 1
2006 Christian Gomez (D.C. United) 30 2,366 14 11
2005 Taylor Twellman (New England) 25 2,226 17 7
2004 Amado Guevara (MetroStars) 24 2,110 10 10
2003 Preki (Kansas City) 30 2,678 12 17
2002 Carlos Ruiz (LA Galaxy) (Golden Boot) 26 2,376 24 1
2001 Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami) (Golden Boot) 25 2,055 19 9
2000 Tony Meola (Kansas City) 31 2,826 - -
1999 Jason Kreis (Dallas) (Golden Boot) 32 2,815 18 15
1998 Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United) 29 2,590 10 19
1997 Preki (Kansas City) 27 2,330 12 17
1996 Carlos Valderrama (Tampa Bay) 23 2,059 4 17