Saturday, August 20, 2005

Scott Sealy should not be rookie of the year

Scott Sealy now has 9 goals on the year after scoring twice last night, and he's tied for fourth in the league. That's pretty impressive. But I don't believe he's the top rookie. A breakdown of his goals: (the links take you to the highlights)

1st-Off a goalmouth scramble. Not on tv. (4/23)
2nd-Rimando can't handle the cross, has an open net. (5/21)
3rd- Roberts' shot hits the post, he's right there to put it away. (7/16)
4th- Preki runs through the defense, gets it to Sealy at the top of box. Nice crossover to beat the defender. (7/16)
5th-Klein shot saved, tap in for the goal. (7/20)
6th-Wolff through ball to Sealy who gets between the defenders. (8/6)
7th-Snuck in behind the defense and easily scored, says mlsnet. Not on tv. (8/13)
8th-Pounces on loose ball in the box. (8/19)
9th-Outruns CJ Brown and slots it past the keeper. (8/19)

Five goals were off of loose balls in the box. Obviously it's not easy to be in the right place all the time, but let's not get carried away here. Out of the nine goals, there wasn't a difficult shot in the bunch. This isn't close to what Damani Ralph was doing in 2003. The Wizards offense has been very impressive, and they've done it with or without him. They've actually scored at a higher rate in games where he didn't start (16/8) than when he did (27/16). That first total does include one goal he scored off the bench.

Sealy has played well, but he doesn't deserve to be the rookie of the year. Chris Rolfe and Michael Parkhurst are also having nice seasons, but Bobby Boswell is the guy you want, who has comfortably stepped into Ryan Nelsen's shoes for DC United.

Comments on "Scott Sealy should not be rookie of the year"


Anonymous John said ... (10:11 AM, August 20, 2005) : 

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Blogger Tim Froh said ... (1:00 PM, August 20, 2005) : 

I absolutely agree. If the top two contenders aren't Parkhurst and Boswell (Boswell definitely has the edge right now) by season's end, something's terribly wrong with MLS' criteria.


Blogger scaryice said ... (2:06 PM, August 20, 2005) : 

Thanks John.


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