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With the 2011 MLS season ready to kick off tonight when the Los Angeles Galaxy takes on the Seattle Sounders, now is a good time to share our picks for this season's individual awards.
The MLS writing staff at SBI has voted on six regular season awards, as well as on the Golden Boot. Avi Creditor, Adam Serrano, Thomas Floyd and I have cast our votes and the results are pretty much what you might expect. Real Salt Lake is well-represented, while one Eastern Conference team has two selections among the group.
Here are SBI's predictions for the 2011 MLS Awards:
2011 MLS AWARDS: SBI's PICKS
MVP- LANDON DONOVAN, LOS ANGELES GALAXY
2nd- Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake; 3rd- Freddy Montero, Seattle Sounders
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR- JAMISON OLAVE, REAL SALT LAKE
2nd- Rafa Marquez, New York Red Bulls; 3rd- Tim Ream, New York Red Bulls
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR- NICK RIMANDO, REAL SALT LAKE
2nd- Kevin Hartman, FC Dallas; 3rd-Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles Galaxy
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR- CHARLIE DAVIES, D.C. UNITED
2nd- Jorge Perlaza, Portland Timbers; 3rd- Omar Bravo, Sporting Kansas City
ROOKE OF THE YEAR- WILL BRUIN, HOUSTON DYNAMO
2nd- Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers; 3rd- Perry Kitchen, D.C. United
GOLDEN BOOT- ALVARO SABORIO, REAL SALT LAKE
2nd- Freddy Montero, Seattle Sounders; 3rd- Juan Pablo Angel, Los Angeles Galaxy
COACH OF THE YEAR- DOM KINNEAR, HOUSTON DYNAMO
2nd- Ben Olsen, D.C. United; 3rd- Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake
What do you think of our picks? Which did you agree with? Which did you disagree with?
Share your thoughts below.