BASAs: Old Player of the Year
(5-3-1 scoring system)
This is for players 33 and over as of July 1st (see here). On mlsnet, 19 guys are listed who fit that age bracket, and 8 received votes. Possibly there were more who may have been cut earlier in the year, who knows. That doesn't really matter. I figured that since under-23 is the norm for young player awards, that exactly ten years later is a good cut off point for this one. 33 is old in soccer terms.
The BASA award winner for goalkeeper of the year was overlooked in favor of Youri Djorkaeff, who won easily. No surprise to see voters favoring offense over defense, it happens all the time across all sports. Djorkaeff was a deserving winner though, and Chung had an excellent season as well. Also goalkeepers make a good percentage of those eligible, and are well represented in the voting.
No votes for some decent veterans like Fraser and Henderson. And then there's Preki. If this award was around in the past, I'm sure he would've won almost every year. He's was eligible for it even in 1996.
Six current players will become eligible next year: Armas, Gutierrez, Kreis, Palencia, Valakari, and Galvan Rey.
10/24-Goalkeeper of the Year (Pat Onstad)
10/25-Coach of the Year (Dominic Kinnear)
10/26-Rookie of the Year (Michael Parkhurst)
10/27-Defender of the Year (Danny Califf)
10/28-Young Player of the Year (Clint Dempsey)
10/31-Midfielder of the Year (Dwayne DeRosario)
11/01-Old Player of the Year (Youri Djorkaeff)
11/02-Forward of the Year
11/04-Player of the Year