MLS “Awards” – Biggest Sophomore Slump
BIGGEST SOPHOMORE SLUMP
Sometimes a player astounds us so much in year one that they cannot help but let us down in year two. The “Sophomore Slump” is a sporting tradition. Here is who our panel thought suffered the most from it.
How the Panel Voted:
What the Panel Said:
Chris Ballard: Tim Ream [was] unlucky not be named Rookie of the Year last season, but this year he’s had way too many costly mistakes.
Abram Chamberlain: While there were still hints of greatness (remember his goal line clearance of a Landon Dononvan sitter against LA?) there were more hints of being worn out (remember his give away to Danny Mwanga for the game winning goal against Philly?). Tim Ream is still the future, luckily the future wasn’t this year.
Robert Jonas: Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls — The darling of MLS in 2010, when he elevated himself from second round draft pick to Rookie of the Year runner-up status and a spate of U.S. Men’s National Team appearances, Ream faltered at times this season, and at times was labeled “overrated” by fans and pundits disappointed by the defenders sophomore slump.
Jason Davis: Tim Ream, going away. Let’s hope year three is much better.
Zac Wassink: Tim Ream has disappointed both in MLS and USMNT play. I hope it’s just asophomore slump.
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