BASAs: MLS Player of the Year
(10-7-5-3-1 scoring system)
Absolutely a given. The only player to be named on every ballot here, and also the only guy to win his position award unanimously. Plus he was a unanimous Best XI selection, so if you've been following the BASAs this comes as no surprise. I do find it interesting that somebody put De Rosario ahead here but not in the midfield award.
Most of the voting took place before the MVP finalists were announced, but the same three men ended up as the top guys here. As usual, it's very offensive oriented. Bobby Boswell, the defender of the year, received no votes here. A year ago Danny Califf, last year's BASA defender winner, only got one fifth place vote. CLB/COL/KC/NY were the only teams not a have a player represented in this voting.
It's been a fun couple of weeks for the 2006 BASAs, but it ends here. So far there hasn't been any difference from the real MLS awards, although I expect the Best XI to look pretty different. Last year Califf's award and most significantly De Rosario for player of the year were different. I still think he deserved the MVP more than Taylor Twellman. You don't think MLS would give it to him this year as sort of a make up? Who knows. But that's a post for later this week. Thanks to everyone for participating in the BASAs, and same time next year, ok?
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 (Jeff Cunningham)
11/2-Favorite MLS Player (Clint Dempsey)
11/3-Most Annoying US Soccer Personality (Bruce Arena)
11/7-USMNT Player of the Year (Clint Dempsey)
11/8-MLS Player of the Year (Christian Gomez)