MLS “Awards” – Breakout Player of the Year


There are some players that take awhile to really catch on.  Sometimes it takes a change of coach, sometimes a change of team, sometimes something in a player just changes, and sometimes the player literally comes out of no where to shock people.  Here are the players who this year made the jump to the next level. 

How the Panel Voted:

Luke Rodgers
Chris Ballard
Around The League Extra
Dominic Oduro

Abram Chamberlain
Viva La Futbol
Graham Zusi

Jason Davis
Best Soccer Show
Brek Shea

Daniel Feuerstein
Major League Soccer Talk
Brad Davis

Robert Jonas
Center Line Soccer
Dominic Oduro

Alexi Lalas
ESPN Soccer
Nick LaBrocca

Jeremiah Oshan
SB Nation Editor
Brek Shea

Zac Wassink
Yahoo Sports

What the Panel Said:

Chris Ballard: 
I never would have seen this coming ([as I] saw Luke Rodgers play in lower leagues of England a few times) but he brings an urgency and a vibrancy to RBNY, without which they probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs.

Abram Chamberlain: Dominic Oduro was  seemingly thrown away after missing a sitter for Houston.  He would go on to score 12 goals across all competitions for Chicago, almost single-handedly leading them into the playoffs.

Jason Davis: Graham Zusi [went] from part-timer to one of SKC’s best players and a darkhorse USMNT candidate.

Robert Jonas: Brad Davis [is] likely to garner significant support for the MLS MVP award, Davis lifted the Dynamo on his shoulders this season and propelled his team to a second place finish in the Eastern Conference. Leading the league with 16 assists in 2011, Davis has now finished with at least 12 assists per season over the last three years. (-ed note: if only he could get Klinsmann’s attention)

Zack Wassink: Brek Shea went from good to “see ya in Europe” in 2011. Truth be told,he’s kind of been the opposite of Tim Ream over the past five months.

Coming Up….

Hottest Coaching Seat | Coach of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Allocated Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Goalkeeper of the Year| Rookie of the Year | Biggest Sophomore Slump | Breakout Player | Designated Player of the Year| Least Valuable Player | Most Valuable Player | Team to Watch Next Year | Team Most Likely to Win MLS Cup


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