Thursday, October 20, 2005

Who is US MNT player of the year?

The three finalists for the Honda Player of the Year Award have been announced. The three are: DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller.

The winner will be announced during the award luncheon on November 30th. However, I have an online poll up that will allow you to vote now. The poll asks you to rank the three in whatever order you think most deserving. I will keep the poll open for a week, so go give it a vote.

Vote Here!

Here is some more information from the press release:

DaMarcus Beasley, a finalist for the second consecutive year, has established himself as one of the best players on the U.S. National Team. The 23 year-old scored four goals for the National Team in 2005, including two against Jamaica in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a crucial goal against Mexico in World Cup qualifying that helped clinch a place for the U.S. in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. With his club, PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands, this year Beasley won the league Eredivisie championship, the Dutch Cup, and became the first American to play in a semifinal match of the UEFA Champions League. During the 2004-2005 season, Beasley scored 6 goals in 29 matches for PSV.

Landon Donovan, the only three-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year Award, this year joins Reyna, Keller and Marcelo Balboa as the only players selected as finalists at least four times. In 2005, Donovan led the U.S. National Team in goals scored, including two in a World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica in June, and two in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Cuba in July. Also this year Donovan, at age 23, moved into third place on the all-time U.S. National Team goal scorers list. Donovan joined the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this year after spending the winter with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

Kasey Keller, a finalist for the first time since he won the Honda Player of the Year Award in 1999, this year joins Claudio Reyna as the only two five-time finalists in the history of the award. In 2005 Keller shut out five consecutive opponents in World Cup qualifying, including each of the other teams participating in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. He now has a total of 44 shutouts in his career, including 19 in World Cup qualifying matches. This year he also earned his 50th career victory in a total of 88 appearances with the U.S. National Team. Keller currently plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, and previously played for Tottenham, Southampton, Leicester City and Millwall in England as well as Rayo Vallecano in Spain.



Blogger RSDamery said...

I think you have to go with Donovan since Keller got pounded without a good D against the Germans. And the game is won and Lost crossing midfield and no one is doing that better than LD. I put my Vote for Landon D. I just wish I had a chance to I can only do indoor over 30 soccer....getting old.

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