Thursday, September 11, 2008

Time to vote

It's that time to vote again, and no I don't mean in the presidential election.

No, this concerns US Soccer and the annual Honda Player of the Year award.

Now, our readers have done well in the past to help me fill out my ballot so I wanted to continue that trend. Help me fill out my ballot!

I will list the eligible players later but here's the relevant information from Futbol de Primera, the fine outfit that puts on the award and year-end event.

The Award
* The Honda Player of the Year Award recognizes the best player on
The U.S. National Team who has played in at least 3 games during the
calendar year. This year, 23 players have met this requirement...
The Rules of Voting
* Each eligible player must have played in a minimum of three (3)
games with the U.S. National Team during 2008.
* A first place vote equals 3 points, a second place vote is worth
2 points and a third place vote counts as 1 point. At the close
of voting, all of the points are tallied and the winner is the player
who receives the most overall points.

So there are some of the parameters. Now, I typically place way more emphasis on games that really matter, ie World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cup, etc., than friendlies but I will leave everything up to you. If you want to vote for the players who did well in friendlies or qualifiers or whatever, go ahead - so long as it was with the senior team, that's fine.

I don't want to skew the votes one way or another so I'll leave my own thoughts out of this. For now, tell me who you think I should vote for first, second and third, or just tell me who is most deserving of the award.

Here are the eligible players:

FREDDY ADU
DAMARCUS BEASLEY
CARLOS BOCANEGRA
MICHAEL BRADLEY
DANNY CALIFF
STEVE CHERUNDOLO
BRIAN CHING
RICARDO CLARK
JAY DEMERIT
CLINT DEMPSEY
LANDON DONOVAN
MAURICE EDU
BRAD GUZAN
FRANKIE HEJDUK
TIM HOWARD
EDDIE JOHNSON
SACHA KLJESTAN
EDDIE LEWIS
PABLO MASTROENI
DREW MOOR
OGUCHI ONYEWU
HEATH PEARCE
JOSH WOLFF

31 comments:

Dan Haug said...

1. Howard
2. Bocanegra
3. Bradley

Keith said...

1. Gooch
2. Howard
3. Boca

Gabe said...

1. Howard
2. Donovan
3. Gooch

Ronnydoich said...

1. Landon
2. Howard
3. Gooch

Nathanhj said...

I'm thinking:

1. Howard
2. Bradley
3. Gooch

RHYbread said...

1. Gooch
2. Bradley
3. Howard

Steve said...

1st Adu
2nd Howard
3rd no one else deserves mention.

Steven said...

1. Howard
2. Gooch
3. Bradley

Anonymous said...

Badley
Howard
Gooch

Steve said...

1. Howard
2. Gooch
3. Donovan

Phillip Quinn said...

1. Howard
2. Gooch
3. Bradley

The Regular Crew said...

Bradley
Adu
Donovan

Anonymous said...

Howard.

He's been solid all year and no one else has done anything even close to his performance against Argentina.

Anonymous said...

1. Howard
2. Bocanegra
3. Bradley

Cobifan said...

1.Howard (by far above!)
2.Gooch
3.Dempsey

ArcArsenal said...

1. Howard
2. Donovan
3. N/A

A.C. said...

1. Barack
2. Obama
3. Joe Biden

Anonymous said...

1. Eddie Johnson
2. Josh Wolff
3. Danny Califf

Rudy said...

1. Howard
2. Bradley
3. Adu

Jim said...

1. Howard
2. Bradley
3. Adu

Anonymous said...

1.dempsey
2.howard
3.bob bradley...NOT!

Anonymous said...

1. Howard
2. Howard
3. Howard

Aljarov a.k.a Al Clark said...

1. Howard - head and shoulder's for me.
2. Gooch
3. Boca

After 6 straiught shut outs it's got to come from the defensive side of the field.

Jonathan Geissler said...

You're an Obama supporter, Andrea??

Jester said...

1- Howard
2- Gooch
3- Cherundolo (red card not withstanding)

Anonymous said...

T-1 Howard
T-1 Bocanegra
3rd Bradley

Jason said...

If Howard doesn't win it this year, the whole thing is a farce. The only question should be who comes in 2nd and 3rd.

Since we have scored so few goals from the run of play this year, and given up so few, at least one spot has to go to another defender. The question is whether Gooch or Boca deserves it more. This is a difficult question, as both have been consistent, and both have had brilliant games. I'm inclined to go with Boca, simply because he has had the captain's armband repeatedly and demonstrated that he deserves it with his play on the pitch.

The third slot I'd give to Dempsey. Four goals in his last four games, two of which were WCQs, is worth some recognition.

LD has won this thing too many times already and he hasn't deserved it this year. Bradley has been inconsistent, though his last game was great (amazing what you can do against a team that applies zero midfield pressure). No one else has stepped up on the offensive side of things. Hopefully next year's winner will be Josmer Altidore. :)

Dominghosa said...

I actually had a say in this award last season. My No. 1 this year is the same as last.
1. Howard.

2 and 3 are remarkably different.

2. Bradley

3. Adu

A.C. said...

Yes, I'm an Obama supporter, though I did vote for Clinton in the primaries.

What's funny is that I have no problem sharing that, but I never tell anyone who I'm voting for in the POTY contest. My comment here was intended as a wry admission of that.

I also never suggest who anyone else should vote for in POTY. I think Luis is being very generous in letting readers decide for him.

L.B. said...

I think our readers are quite knowledgeable and I feel they should have a say in the voting. It's not meant as a disrespect towards the Honda Player of the Year or anything else that I open up for my votes - I think it's an honor to have a vote - but I think collectively our readers are bright and I respect their opinions and so I want them to have a say on my behalf.

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