SBI MLS Season Preview: Our pre-season picks for the 2014 MLS awards

SBI MLS Season Preview: Our pre-season picks for the 2014 MLS awards

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SBI MLS Season Preview: Our pre-season picks for the 2014 MLS awards

MichaelBradleyTorontoFC1-PhiladelphiaUnion (USATodaySports)

By DAN KARELL

We’re just hours away from the start of the 2014 Major League Soccer season, and it’s time to start predicting who will win the bevy of end-of-season awards.

The writing staff at SBI came together and voted on who we think will win the major awards in 2014, with Toronto FC Designated Player Michael Bradley taking our vote for MLS Most Valuable Player.

There was plenty of debate amongst the SBI writing staff and we are sure that there will be plenty of debate from soccer fans across the country on who they think will win the MVP, Coach of the Year, and Golden Boot.

Here are the SBI staff selections for the 2014 MLS Awards:

SBI STAFF PICKS FOR 2014 MLS AWARDS

(Ives’ picks in bold)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

1. MICHAEL BRADLEY

2. Robbie Keane

3. Diego Valeri

GOLDEN BOOT

1. ROBBIE KEANE

2. Marco Di Vaio

3. Mike Magee

(Jack McInerney)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

1. MATT BESLER

2. Omar Gonzalez

3. Jose Goncalves

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

1. NICK RIMANDO

2. Donovan Ricketts

3. Julio Cesar

(Jaime Penedo)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

1. JERMAIN DEFOE

2. Gaston Fernandez

3. Vincent Nogueira

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. PATRICK MULLINS

2. Steve Birnbaum

3. Andre Blake

(Harrison Shipp)

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

1. CLINT DEMPSEY

2. DeAndre Yedlin

3. Gyasi Zardes

(Luis Gil)

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. MIKE PETKE

2. Peter Vermes

3. Caleb Porter

(Oscar Pareja)

MLS BEST XI

FIRST TEAM

NICK RIMANDO

KOFI SARKODIE

MATT BESLER

OMAR GONZALEZ

CHRIS KLUTE

MICHAEL BRADLEY

WILL JOHNSON

GRAHAM ZUSI

DIEGO VALERI

MARCO DI VAIO

ROBBIE KEANE

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SECOND TEAM

DONOVAN RICKETTS

SHEANON WILLIAMS

AURELIEN COLLIN

JOSE GONCALVES

SETH SINOVIC

TIM CAHILL

LANDON DONOVAN

DARLINGTON NAGBE

CLINT DEMPSEY

MIKE MAGEE

CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI

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What do you think of the SBI staff selections? Which selections do you agree with the most? Which the least? Who do you see winning this year’s awards?

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