Thursday, January 17, 2008

POTY, again

This Player of the Year stuff just doesn't end. The CSA award was announced today, and Dwayne de Rosario was the winner.

We've named Julian de Guzman in this space as our pick, so there is no need to break the choice down again. De Rosario deserves to be recognized, not only for leading his team, together with Pat Onstad, to another MLS Cup title, but also for his fine year playing for Canada. He scored 5 times in 9 matches and is no Canada's leading active goal scorer.

But those 5 goals were only 1 less than he managed in over 20 regular season MLS matches, a decidedly underwhelming tally. When we have players in La Liga (De Guzman) and Champions League (Lars Hirschfeld), it should take an extraordinary MLS season to outshine them. De Rosario was excellent in the playoffs, but his regular season campaign was very ordinary.

See the stats for yourself, and compare 2007 with previous seasons.

It's a busy time, with no time for a comprehensive analysis. But a couple of others seem to have the right idea.

Other award winners include:

Christine Sinclair (women)
Asmir Begovic (U-20)
Sophie Schmidt (women's U-20)
Olivier Lacoste-Lebuis (U-17)
Monica Lam-Feist (women's U-17)

Also, confirmation today of the St. Lucia and Estonia friendlies and the January camp from the CSA. Still no roster for the camp, though it sounds like a rag-tag bunch will be brought together, with certain players being eyed for the U-23 Olympic qualifying team:
'The January training camp is largely about working with players who are in their off season,' says head coach Dale Mitchell. 'Ultimately, we are looking to see who amongst the group could play a part in the qualifying process of our senior men or Olympic team during 2008.'

The Canadian training camp in Florida will feature mostly players from North American-based clubs. There will also be a few players from European clubs in off-season breaks. The group will feature a mix of veterans and young stars, perhaps even a couple of players who will be eligible for Canada’s entry in the CONCACAF U-23 Championship this March.
Also no word on a possible friendly on Febuary 6th, but we have our fingers crossed. Players called, according to other sources, include Stephen Ademolu (Tromso IL, Norway) and Paris Nakajima-Farran (Naestved BK, Denmark).

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