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?
|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|