MLS “Awards” – Newcomer of the Year


How much can a first year player affect a team’s season? In many cases, a single player can change a team from also-ran to contender.

How the Panel Voted:

Eric Hassli

Chris Ballard
Around The League Extra
Mauro Rosales

Abram Chamberlain
Viva La Futbol
Mauro Rosales

Jason Davis
Best Soccer Show
Luke Rodgers

Daniel Feuerstein
Major League Soccer Talk
Mauro Rosales

Robert Jonas
Center Line Soccer
Mauro Rosales

Alexi Lalas
ESPN Soccer Analyst
Mauro Rosales

Jeremiah Oshan
SB Nation Editor
Luke Rodgers

Zac Wassink
Yahoo Sports Contributor

What the Panel Said:

Chris Ballard: Eric Hassli [has] quietened down a bit recently but his performances in the first half of the season (in a struggling team) were immense. Also seems to have a bit of personality and arrogance about him, which I like.

Abram Chamberlain: As much as I want to go with Eric Hassli for the fireworks that he brought an otherwise dull Vancouver team, Mauro Rosales saved Seattle’s season. While it was so dissapointing to see Steve Zakuani go down, it was incredible to watch the assension of Rosales. The man is this close from being an MVP.

Jason Davis: Mauro Rosales. Nearly an MVP in his first year, and another quality Argentine import.

Robert Jonas: Mauro Rosales signed for the league minimum prior to the start of the season, the former Argentine International brought creativity and playmaking to the Sounders midfield in 2011. If not for an injury spell to close out the season, Rosales was a strong candidate for league MVP honors.

Zac Wassink: Newcomer of the Year. LukeRodgers. Some bias here, no doubt, but the Red Bulls are definitely atop-four team if Rodgers doesn’t get hurt during the summer. He’s theRBNY MVP.

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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