US Soccer is out with the lists of finalists for its various player of the year categories. On the men’s side, it’s Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood. Chris and I debated the merits of each player last night on USfanTV Live on YouTube, and we could only come up with two guys who should really have a chance.
I argued for Jozy Altidore. He led the team in scoring with six goals, four of which came in World Cup Qualifiers. He also tacked on two assists. And, his club form for Toronto FC has been incredible over the last few months. He became the first guy with five goals in five straight MLS playoff games. And, all this comes after his switch to old school Copa Mundials.
Chris says it should go to Geoff Cameron, and he makes a good case. There is no way we perform that badly against Mexico and Costa Rica with Cameron on the field. He’s a guy, like many defensive players, whose impact is felt more when he’s not there. He steadies the ship, and makes John Brooks a much better center back. And, we probably wouldn’t have come out in that stupid three-in-the-back formation against Mexico had Cameron been there.
Among the women, only one of the five nominees is the reigning world player of the year, and up for that award again this season. If you’re one of three finalists for world player of the year, you ought to win your country’s award, too. So, I hope you enjoy your win, Carli.
The young men’s field is actually, you could argue, stronger and more competitive than the senior men’s field. It’s two guys who dominated in the U17 Nike Friendlies–Josh Sargent and Andrew Carleton, as well as Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jordan Morris, and boy wonder Christian Pulisic.
Morris wins this award 99 times out of 100 after the season he’s had, but not this time. Only one of these guys played Real Madrid in the Champions League this season.
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