Morales and Ralston snubbed from MLS Best XI

Morales and Ralston snubbed from MLS Best XI

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Morales and Ralston snubbed from MLS Best XI


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 I have to apologize to Javier Morales.

His omission from the MLS Best XI was such a glaring one, such an improbable miscue by voters, that I didn't even realize he was missing when I first posted the MLS Best XI. When you think of impact midfielders in MLS this year, two players come to mind as leading the way this year: MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Morales.

Didn't matter, voters ignored Morales and included Robbie Rogers and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, two quality players but two players who couldn't match the complete body of work that Morales provided for RSL this year.

Morales wasn't alone. Steve Ralston spent large chunks of the 2008 season carrying the New England attack, and seemed like a lock for Best XI. Alas, it wasn't meant to be and he was ignored like Morales.

There were some other choices I may not have agreed with, but the rest of the Best XI consists of quality candidates who enjoyed some of the best seasons in MLS this year, but voters absolutely should have found room for Morales and Ralston.

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