MLS announces finalists for 2008 awards


Major League Soccer announced the finalists for its 2008 awards on Thursday. Columbus Crew star Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Chicago goalkeeper Jon Busch and San Jose midfielder Darren Huckerby were among the players up for regular season honors.

As expected, Schelotto and Donovan were among the finalists for leage MVP honors, with Cuauhtemoc Blanco being the third nominee. Blanco is the lone repeat finalist for the award.

Here is the complete list of award nominees:

2008 MLS Award Finalists

League MVP– Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Landon Donovan, Cuauhtemoc Blanco

Defender of the Year– Bakary Soumare, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad

Goalkeeper of the Year– Jon Busch, Matt Reis, Will Hesmer

Rookie of the Year– Sean Franklin, Geoff Cameron, Kheli Dube

Newcomer of the Year– Darren Huckerby, Claudio Lopez, Andre Rocha

Comeback Player of the Year– Jon Busch, Santino Quaranta, Kenny Cooper

What do you think of the list of nominees? Surprised by any of the selections? Do you see any glaring omissions?

Share your thoughts on the nominations below.

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55 Responses to MLS announces finalists for 2008 awards

  1. JRo says:

    That pic of GBS cracks me up every time. Um, How about Frankowski for Newcomer of the Year??? Who’s with me?!

  2. Kevin says:

    Under GK of Year, I think “Jimmy Conrad” should say “Joe Cannon”

  3. Brant says:

    are d-mids eligible for the “defender of the year” award?

  4. lakaix15 says:

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Jon Busch, Jimmy Conrad, Will Hesmer

    well i pick jimmy bc he can play field

  5. Eugene says:

    Jimmy Conrad is up for goalkeeper of the year!

  6. yoo! says:

    What about Pat Onstadt? Best keepers this season have been Jon Busch and Pat. Joe Cannon has also been quite exceptionally for an expansion team.

  7. yoo says:

    I choose

    League MVP- Guillermo Barros Schelotto,

    Defender of the Year- Jimmy Conrad

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Jon Busch,

    Rookie of the Year- Sean Franklin,

    Newcomer of the Year- Darren Huckerby,

    Comeback Player of the Year- Kenny Cooper

    And Landon has the Golden Boot. Everyone who was exceptional this season will get something to show for it.

  8. Matt says:

    He doesn’t fall into any of the fields, but Jaime Moreno deserves some sort of recognition. He was the only player with over 10 goals and 10 assists.

  9. Uncle Jason says:

    MVP: Schelotto (No-brainer)

    Defender: Marshall

    Goalkeeper: Not sure

    Rookie: Geoff Cameron (No-brainer)

    Newcomer: Huckerby (No-brainer)

    Comeback: Cooper (No-brainer)

  10. ajr says:

    no morales for MVP

  11. Brant says:

    I haven’t watched enough of Conrad to know, but is he being nominated for his defense, or because he’s the second-leading scorer on the team?

  12. Beckster says:

    First, I think it is just fantastic that Quaranta was nominated for come-back player of the year. To have gone through what he has personally and professionally and be able to contribute at the level he has for DC all year is a real tribute to his courage and dedication and talent. Congratulations.

    Second – gee..FIFA sent out the nominations for player of the year – no MLS or Americans here!!! Good thing we have the MLS awards!


    Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal and Togo), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid and Argentina), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg and Russia), Michael Ballack (Chelsea and Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus and Italy), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain), Deco (Chelsea and Portugal), Didier Drogba (Chelsea and Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona and Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal and Spain), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan and Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain), Kaka (AC Milan and Brazil), Frank Lampard (Chelsea and England), Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich and France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United and Portugal), John Terry (Chelsea and England), Fernando Torres (Liverpool and Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid and Netherlands), David Villa (Valencia and Spain) and Xavi (Barcelona and Spain).

  13. Drew says:

    Conrad is up for both reasons. He led a very young defense that was tied for the League lead with 10 shutouts. That plus the goals equals a pretty solid season.

  14. kpugs says:

    I’d give the MVP award to Schelotto and the newcomer award to Huckerby.

    I don’t understand how Donovan is a finalist. It’s not a “best player” award, it’s the most valuable.

  15. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Yoo, I have to say as a neutral, Onstad has been very average this year. Very average.

  16. AlexS says:

    *sigh* I knew it was coming, but Bobby Boswell doesn’t get any love considering how well he’s played this season. He’s a legit choice for both Defender of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.

    Nice to see that Geoff Cameron actually got his recognition for Rookie of the Year, though that award belongs to Sean Franklin (not because he’s better – Geoff plays Centerback better than Sean, and probably Right Back too – but because a lot of voters live in Southern California)

  17. AlexS says:

    ^ That isn’t to say that Bobby has been the best defender or the most comeback-y, but that he deserves a nomination for stepping up on the league’s best defense.

    @ SonicDeathMonkey

    Since when is a 1.08 GAA average?

  18. KingSnake says:

    Quaranta’s nomination should be for “Recovery of the Year (allegedly) rather than a comeback, per se.

    Speaking of which … How does one get suspended 10 matches for consuming a legal product, but get off scot-free for (allegedly) doing a Tony Montana-size pile of toot?

  19. KingSnake says:

    Quaranta’s nomination should be for “Recovery of the Year (allegedly) rather than a comeback, per se.

    Speaking of which … How does one get suspended 10 matches for consuming a legal product, but get off scot-free for (allegedly) doing a Tony Montana-size pile of toot?

  20. Cullen says:

    Conor Casey isn’t even nominated for Comeback Player of the Year? What a joke…

  21. Kartik says:

    Javi Morales? No awards for him. Wow!

  22. Drew says:

    As a Fire fan, I love Blanco, but I really don’t think he deserves a top 3 listing as MVP.

  23. RSLfan says:

    As an RSL fan I was also a little suprised that Javi didn’t get the finalist spot over Blanco, but at the end of the day its between Landon and Guillermo anyway.

    Also, I also have to question how Conor Casey didn’t get any comeback player of the year love. I felt he was much more productive all season long than Quaranta, just not as good of a story I guess.

  24. luis says:

    Hmmmm…Who gets best blog of the year?

  25. Aljarov says:

    Blanco should be replaced by Morales.

    Lopez newcomer of the year? Don’t make me laugh….

  26. Tony H says:

    I like Jimmy Conrad, but he’s not deserving this year. Olave deserves that third slot, or maybe Segares. (Or Boswell. Or Conde — all better than Conrad this year.)

    And Morales over Blanco for the third MVP slot.


    MVP: GBS

    Coach: Sigi

    Defender: Marshall

    Newcomer: Huckerby

    Comeback: Quaranta

    Fair Play: Hell if I know. Give it to Angel, he’s class.

    GK: Busch or Cannon (biggest ripoff of these finalists is no Cannon)

    Rookie: Franklin

  27. yoo says:

    Conor Casey with 10goals this season. Including a hat trick. That deserves some attention and merit. As well as Moreno with 10goals and 10 assists. He should be on the shortlist as well.

  28. henrik says:

    Are JPA and Emilio coming back next season for Red Bulls and United?

  29. Ethan says:

    I think MLS did a decent job in the nominations. Morales, Casey, and Onstad all have a good case to be considered, but I think the players that are on those lists also have a good case.

    I was a bit shocked that Lopez was on the list of newcomers of the year, but then when I thought about it, I couldn’t disagree (not because he was great, but because there weren’t a lot of “newcomers” who did fantastic this year).

  30. henrik says:

    And Brian Ching? 13goals with 5 assists in 25 games. He needs to be shown some love.

  31. Erik Abarca says:

    League MVP- Guillermo Barros Schelotto,

    Defender of the Year- Chad Marshall

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Jon Busch

    Rookie of the Year- Sean Franklin

    Newcomer of the Year- Darren Huckerby

    Comeback Player of the Year- Kenny Cooper

  32. trent_RSL says:

    sure landycakes had a ton of goals, but he didnt lead his team to anything, Javi morales should of taken his spot on that list! i sure hope he gets out of the mls this off season!

  33. Tom P says:

    I’d go with

    League MVP- Guillermo Barros Schelotto

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Jon Busch (Jimmy Conrad’s a goal keeper too?)

    Defender of the Year- Bakary Soumare

    Rookie of the Year- Sean Franklin

    Newcomer of the Year- Darren Huckerby

    Comeback Player of the Year-Santino Quaranta -God love him for coming back from the hell his life had become. Peace be with you Santino and stay the course.

  34. Gabe says:

    Donovan for MVP. 20 goals, 9 assists. what more do you want?

    Franklin obviously ROY.

    2 awards is pretty surprising considering how crappy of a season it was for LA.

    But how come Edson Buddle doesn’t get any love on the comeback player? What a year for him.

  35. nothing says:

    I didn’t realize Jimmy Conrad was such a good goalkeeper

  36. nothing says:

    I didn’t realize Jimmy Conrad was such a good goalkeeper.

  37. socmin says:

    MVP- GBS

    Defender- Chad Marshall

    GK- Jon Busch

    Rookie- Geoff Cameron

    Newcomer- Darren Huckerby

    Comeback- Kenny Cooper

    This was a great season!

    Blog of the year= SBI

  38. socmin says:

    @ trent_RSL

    Why would you want to see Morales leave?

  39. zac says:

    I think you gotta nominate Greg Sutton for GK of the year. I’d prolly give the award to Busch in the end but TFC’s record would of been even worse without Sutts in the pipes.

  40. Tim F. says:


    I assume you mean Joe Cannon for Goalkeeper of the Year candidate and not Jimmy Conrad.

    Juan Pablo Angel should get nod over Blanco for MVP candidate.

    Weak year for rookies.

    I’d have Connor Casey over Kenny Cooper for Comeback nominee.

    Darren Huckerby is runaway to win Newcomer award.

  41. Ben says:

    Jimmy conrad is a goalie now?

  42. SombraAla says:

    For those who aren’t as so positive on Jimmy Conrad, realize that in addition to scoring a huge number of goals for a CB, the rest of his entire backline was mostly comprised of rookies or players with little experience. The most experienced player he played with in defense was Jack Jewsbury, a converted forward->midfielder->defender and now plays in the correct role in midfield. Other than that, his two partners in central defense were Tyson Wahl who had ~1000 minutes prior to this season and Holhbein with ~400 minutes. Rookies Marquess, Leathers and Myers all spent time on the outside and Harrington wasn’t even in defense for a good part of the year.

    Not to mention he is one of two field players to play every minute of every game, including several open cup matches as well.

    It’s only fair if you judge a player on his merits alone, not based off of how his team performed. I won’t go as far to say that Jimmy deserves the award – I feel that way, but I’m a bit biased. But he definitely deserves the nomination and strong consideration.

  43. Jordan says:


    Chad Marshall

    Will Hesmer




  44. Werner says:

    Santino is comeback player of the year hands down… But bummed that edson buddle was not nominated!

  45. Tony H says:

    Missing GK was Reis

  46. dr dcr vcr says:

    Chad Marshall had to play with Danny O’Rourke, one of if not the worst defender in all of MLS, as your center back partner. He should win the Defender of the Year by default.

  47. League MVP- Guillermo Barros Schelotto

    Defender of the Year- Chad Marshall

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Will Hesmer

    Rookie of the Year- Sean Franklin

    Newcomer of the Year- Darren Huckerby

    Comeback Player of the Year- Santino Quaranta

  48. jon says:

    mvp: G.B.S.

    keeper: Hesmer

    defender: Marshall

    rookie: Dube

    newcomer: Huckerby

    comback: Busch

  49. My picks

    League MVP- Guillermo Barros Schelotto

    Defender of the Year (tough one here)- Bakary Soumare

    Goalkeeper of the Year- Jon Busch (with a healthy nod to Hesmer)

    Rookie of the Year- Sean Franklin

    Newcomer of the Year- Darren Huckerby (biggest impact signing I have seen in MLS)

    Comeback Player of the Year- My DC United heart wants to say Quaranta for what he overcame, but objectively has to go to Cooper.

  50. Heffe says:

    Blanco: 7 goals, 11 assists

    Morales: 6 goals, 15 assists

    Morales helped lead his team to the playoffs for the first time in team history. Plus, did anybody see where Blanco went during the middle of the season?

    Either way, Landycakes or GBS will win, but it is unbelievable Morales gets snuffed…again.

  51. JVC-RSL says:

    Once again Morales is snubbed. Blanco is very talented but he is lazy and took a couple of months off this summer. I hope this adds extra motivation for Morales to have a huge postseason.

  52. 2nd the Morales for Blanco comment.

    Boswell also came to mind for Defender of the Year more than Conrad.

    He also deserves consideration for Comeback Player of the Year, but those are 3 pretty good stories he’d have to bump aside.

  53. JVC-RSL says:

    How about Jamison Olave for newcomer of the year? No body can convince me that Claudio Lopez had a good year. He has looked like Donovan in the 2006 WC, invisible. It disappoints me that MLS seems to go for big names rather than actual production when they hand out these nominations.

  54. Tom P says:

    Who really votes on this? Coaches, execs, fans, the press?

    Who makes the selection?

  55. chris says:

    it would be the biggest joke ever if quaranta didnt win comeback player of the year. the guy was spending tens of thousands of dollars on drugs and painkillers, and he almost jumped off a building top when he felt he couldnt take it anymore. the fact he is mainly a starter for dc united is a miracle. that truly is an amazing comeback.