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
Soccer America's Best XI
by Ridge Mahoney, November 12th, 2010 4:14PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  colorado rapids, fc dallas, los angeles galaxy, mls, philadelphia union, real salt lake, san jose earthquakes

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Most teams in MLS play with a four-man back line, yet somehow the league mandates its Best XI be arrayed in a 3-5-2. Whatever the alignment, here are our selections for the men who did the most in 2010.

Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

RSL head coach Jason Kreis insists that all his players carry some of the defensive load, so opponents don’t get many good looks at Rimando’s goal. Still, with a 0.67 goals-allowed average and 14 shutouts, he did his part and then some. He’s quick, reads situations shrewdly and very rarely comes out for balls he can’t get to.

Defenders: Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake).

Olave and Borchers anchored a unit that conceded a league-record low of 20 goals, and in his sophomore season Gonzalez endured a few hiccups to take his place among the league’s top defenders.

Midfielders: David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Sebastian Le Toux (Philadelphia), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado).

Along with four attacking forces, we give a nod to former U.S. international Mastroeni, who formed a solid tandem with Jeff Larentowicz to propel the Rapids into the postseason. Had Philly somehow made the playoffs LeToux might have been the MVP; his range, touch and production (14 goals, 11 assists) were all superb. Donovan led the league with 16 assists, Ferreira fueled a potent FCD attack, and Morales orchestrated an RSL offense that led the league with 45 goals.

Forwards: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles).

Two of the best finishers in the league did the business to finish a goal apart in the Golden Boot race: 18 for Wondo, 17 for Buddle. Yet neither are static poachers entirely dependent on great service, both can make chances for others or create shots for themselves.

Second XI: Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas), Tim Ream (New York), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Drew Moor (Colorado), Kyle Beckerman (RSL), Joel Lindpere (New York), Bobby Convey (San Jose), Juninho (Los Angeles), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Omar Cummings (Colorado), Conor Casey (Colorado).



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-18s split two-game series with Germany    
The U.S. under-18 men's national team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany's U-18s to finish with ...
MLS Trade Central: Friday's deals    
After two disastrous years in England, Brek Shea is back in MLS, signing with expansion club ...
MLS lines up exciting tripleheader for first Sunday    
MLS will open its 2015 season on March 6 when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts ...
Video Pick: Alex Meier on Fire     
The leading scorer in the Europe's highest scoring league is a player you may not have ...
What They're Saying: Chris Wondolowski    
"I'm not over it. I'm not sure I'll ever get over it. [Pause] I actually think ...
U.S. U-20s win at San Pedro Sula    
San Pedro Sula is no easy place to play as the USA (2-1 loser in the ...
Press and Lloyd combine for all seven in U.S. win    
After a tie and loss in its first two games at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
What They're Saying: Juergen Klopp    
"He took a wrong turn at some point. But everything is back to normal now. He ...
TV Report: MLS expansion teams ink local deals    
As expected, New York City FC has entered into a multi-year agreement with YES Network, while ...
Timbers land Wake's Vidovich to run T2    
The Portland Timbers, who dipped into the college ranks to get head coach Caleb Porter, have ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives