BASAs: Old Player of the Year
(5-3-1 scoring system)
Last year I thought it would be fun to create the opposite of the Young Player award that's become a common thing in soccer, and so the Old Player award was born. The cut off date is July 1. Young players had to be under 23 on that day to be eligible, and I thought that exactly ten years later would be a good definition for old players. So this award was for MLS players 33 and over on July 1, 2006.
I definitely don't agree with this result. Kreis was very good last year, but not so much in 2006. Maybe this award is the like the Grammy's where they basically honor a band for their whole career even though it's supposed to be for one album. Armas and Onstad put up a good fight, but some late votes for Kreis put him in front.
I really think that any of the next four players would've been a better choice. Not only that, but how could anyone vote for Burpo over Onstad? I would take Bo Oshoniyi over Burpo. The 2005 winner Djorkaeff's year was very bad as well.
Speaking of Oshoniyi, he was one of the few players eligible who did not receive votes. There were 19 total up for it, and 12 received votes. From this list, the eligible are Onstad through Jose Manuel Abundis. The others who did not receive a vote in addition to Oshoniyi and Abundis are Meola/Hislop/Llamosa/Hendrickson/Valakari. Kinda surprising that Valakari didn't get a vote with FC Dallas' success.
Kreis and Armas were both newly eligible, turning 33 late last year. Next year 12 more players will be in the running, including Jaime Moreno, Ante Razov, and Steve Ralston.
10/23-Goalkeeper of the Year (Troy Perkins)
10/24-Coach of the Year (Bob Bradley)
10/25-Rookie of the Year (Jonathan Bornstein)
10/26-Defender of the Year (Bobby Boswell)
10/27-Young Player of the Year (Kenny Cooper)
10/30-Midfielder of the Year (Christian Gomez)
10/31-Old Player of the Year (Jason Kreis)
11/1-Forward of the Year
11/2-Favorite MLS Player
11/3-Most Annoying US Soccer Personality
11/7-USMNT Player of the Year
11/8-MLS Player of the Year