With so many candidates, the easy answer is to say there is none — the team is the MVP. But the Sounders have named one in each of the past two seasons (Kasey Keller in 2009, Osvaldo Alonso in 2010) and there’s no reason they won’t again this year.
I asked coach Sigi Schmid on Monday if it’s hard to have one league MVP candidate when there are plenty to choose from on the team: Alonso, Mauro Rosales, Fredy Montero and perhaps even Keller.
“Yeah, but that’s for other people to decide,” Schmid said. “As a coach of this team our feeling has always been that we need individual players with … abilities to create things on their own, but they’re only successful if they’re within the team. And the team is only going to be successful if we have those individuals. We’re blessed with the fact that it’s great to have more than one guy being considered, (as opposed to) where it’s an obvious choice. Stats obviously always bear a great weight in that whole thing, but at the end of the day we’re happy that we have three of four guys that people think of in that manner.”
Alonso has received some national attention of late and has been very consistent and reliable all season. His impact, however, is hard to measure with statistics, which makes it tough to argue his case. The same can be said for defenders.
Rosales (five goals, 13 assists) and Montero (12 goals, eight assists) have had very productive seasons and certainly boast numbers that put them in the conversation.
Keller has played every league minute this season and has had conceded one soft goal, while preventing several, sometimes in spectacular fashion.
So what do you think?
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