Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
SA's midseason Best XI
by Ridge Mahoney, July 27th, 2010 6:51PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  columbus crew, fc dallas, los angeles galaxy, mls, real salt lake

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] With several teams adding significant players during the domestic transfer window, the standings could look much different in late September than they are in late July. Not likely, though, is the collapse of Los Angeles, Columbus or Real Salt Lake. They are the top three teams in points and also fill eight slots in Soccer America's midseason Best XI. New York, second in the Eastern Conference, has spots on the Best XI, while FC Dallas, which has lost just two games, is well-represented among the backups.

Our midseason Best XI:
Goalie: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles).
Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Chad Marshall (Columbus).
Midfielders: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Joel Lindpere (New York), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus), Marco Pappa (Chicago).
Forwards: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Juan Pablo Angel (New York).
Subs: Will Hesmer (Columbus), Tim Ream (New York), George John (FC Dallas), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia), Daniel Hernandez (FC Dallas), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Fredy Montero (Seattle).


FORWARDS. Edson Buddle is not only leading the league with 12 goals, he’s been scoring them in a variety of ways: headers, first-timers with both feet, precise finishes from tight angles. New York’s success has been largely fashioned by a tougher defense, yet Juan Pablo Angel has scored nine goals, half of his team’s total.

MIDFIELDERS. Guillermo Barros Schelotto plays more as a second forward much of the time for the Crew, and Landon Donovan can wind up anywhere on the field for the Galaxy, so they are the midfield attacking catalysts along with Real Salt Lake's Argentine Javier Morales. To back up this trio, newcomer Joel Lindpere is re-defining the holding midfield role and buttressing the much-improved Red Bulls. Results for Chicago have been inconsistent, yet young Guatemalan Marco Pappa is always a danger on the flanks.

DEFENDERS. Five teams are conceding less than a goal per game, and most teams have at least one defender playing extremely well. The stingy Galaxy is led by Omar Gonzalez, the 2009 Rookie of the Year who is the antithesis of a sophomore slump. Massive Jamison Olave anchors the RSL back line, and Chad Marshall is in the midst of another solid campaign with the Crew. These guys are not only tough to beat one-v-one they also bail out their teams at critical moments. Despite their size, and they’re all big lads, they close quickly.

GOALKEEPER. He doesn’t face as many shots as his counterparts so it’s tempting to downgrade the work of Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts. But with a 0.59 goals-allowed average, and a confident command of his penalty area that defuses chances before they become shots, he’s the pick.



0 comments
  1. todd burkett
    commented on: July 28, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.
    what did bobby convey ever do to you?


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Gallardo shines as U.S. U-17s rout Cuba     
Joe Gallardo, who suffered a broken shinbone last August, scored a hat trick as the USA ...
Garber: 'Nobody's looking for a work stoppage'    
Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, MLS commissioner Don Garber ...
What They're Saying: Univision's Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"If the rights are already fixed, there's little incentive to FIFA to award 2026 to the ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
The MLS preseason wraps up on Saturday with 18 of 20 teams in action, all but ...
MLS issues record fine to owner Dell Loy Hansen    
One MLS owner, Real Salt Salt's Dell Loy Hansen, has not been shy about expressing his ...
id2 tour kicks off Monday in Argentina    
The id2 National Selection will kick off its tour of Argentina with the first of four ...
Concacaf Under-17 Championship television schedule    
The USA kicks off play in the Concacaf Under-17 Championship Friday against Cuba in San Pedro ...
USA enjoys long history of U-17 regional success    
The U.S. U-17s will get a chance at the 2015 Concacaf Under-17 Championship to avenge the ...
D.C. United sadly outclassed in Costa Rica    
Alajuelense jumped on top early and pounded D.C. United, 5-2, in the first leg of their ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"I do not understand why they [the English media] want to do this. They want to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives