Donovan Wins Player of the Year for 3rd Time

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by TheSlipperyOne, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Denver
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
  2. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Denver
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Almost 2 hours and nobody has a single comment on this? Wow.
     
  3. Rahbiefowlah

    Rahbiefowlah Member+

    Oct 22, 2001
    Las Vegas
    I think it's just undebatable.

    I hope leverkusen is worthy of him.
     
  4. Peretz48

    Peretz48 Member+

    Nov 9, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Part of me would have liked to see DMB get it as a thank you for his stepping it up this year, but I have no problem with LD getting it. As many posters said on other threads," Yeah, we agree, LD has oodles of talent, but please dude, can you find a way to bring it every game."
     
  5. Bryan Gividen

    Bryan Gividen New Member

    Mar 8, 2003
    Provo, UT (BYU)
    Bocanegra was robbed in '03. ROBBED!
     
  6. porkrind

    porkrind Member

    Quakes
    United States
    Sep 27, 2001
    Bostonia
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Please post more often. I <3 your avatar.
     
  7. JoeDub83

    JoeDub83 New Member

    Oct 20, 2001
    MISSOULA,MT 420
    RUN DMB should have gotten it. I mean cmon Donovan already had 2......Beasley deserved this one and US Sccer let him down....what do you have to do to win?....oh wait you just have to be Landon freakin Donovan.
     
  8. Treetaliano

    Treetaliano Member

    Jun 29, 2002
    San Diego
  9. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    i disagreed with the last two awards - in 2003, i voted bocanegra and i voted for beasley this year - i can certainly live with the choices, but to call these "undebatable" is pretty silly
     
  10. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's right. You do have to be Landon freakin Donovan...who happens to be the best player for the Nats. He's the one that's called upon; he's the one that's expected to deliver, and 9 times out of 10, he does. Something tells me that when Freddy Adu wins it 3, 4, 5 times in a row, no one will be complaining about it. Oh, well.

    Anyway, here's an interesting article about it - with Leverkusen implications.

    http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,208%7E29582%7E2544680,00.html
     
  11. mosler

    mosler Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Mashpee, MA
    I think the point system for the voting (three points for each first-place vote, two points for each second-place vote, and one point for each third-place vote) added to the fact that the 204 sports journalists likely aren't following soccer very closley weight the award in the favor of the bigger names.

    You'd have to think that LD was first or second on a large majority of the ballots.
     
  12. jri

    jri Red Card

    Sep 28, 2000
    boca
    Agreed.
     
  13. Greddy

    Greddy Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    Chicago
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Boca in '03
    DMB in '04

    Landon was gifted this one. Just goes to show you how pathetic the "soccor journalists" are in this country.
     
  14. NBlue

    NBlue Member

    Jun 17, 2002
    Orlando, Florida
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does anyone know how long Landon's contract obligates his rights to be held by Leverkusen?
     
  15. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    2008
     
  16. ayers

    ayers Member

    Jul 9, 2002
    somewhere
    Wouldn't bet on it. There has been a lot of discussions about Adu's play and not all of them glorify everything he does. Besides, sooner or later he's going to be another player who's both loved and hated intensely by the fans.
     
  17. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    Led the US team in scoring and assists, as well as captaining the US through round of WC Qualis.Yeah, those journalists sure are pathetic!
     
  18. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is just for his play with the Nats, right? In that case, shoulda been Beasley, I think.
     
  19. lplaksina

    lplaksina Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    If I were running MLS I would do whatever it takes to keep Donovan here. They have made no significant offer to date and I have a feeling it wouldn't take all that much to keep him. That having been said I also look forward to see "what he's got" as he toils in the bundesliga.

    Congrats on the 3rd award too.
     
  20. Adam Zebrowski

    Adam Zebrowski New Member

    May 28, 1999
    http://www.socceramerica.com/article.asp?Art_ID=562135326

    "As a frame of reference, last spring English club Blackburn made an informal inquiry to Bayer Leverkusen, which owns Donovan's contract through 2008, and was told a fee at that time would be 5 million pounds ($9 million)."

    I doubt mls has 9 million for landon!!
     
  21. lplaksina

    lplaksina Member

    Jan 5, 2002

    Interesting .... if factual. I think MLS could have him for considerably less than 9 mil. Hell, I think he's stay here for 2-3 mil.
     
  22. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    I had been told more than once his transfer value was thought to be about 4 million Euros ($5 million and change).
     
  23. StillKickin

    StillKickin Member+

    Dec 17, 2002
    Texas
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Something tells me he's priced out of their range. I find it very curious that they did not put it up on MLSnet website that he won this award. I know it's for the nats, but he won while still an MLSer. And if I'm not mistaken, they did plaster it on the website last year. It hasn't even been mentioned on the Quake website either. I'm thinking they don't want to draw attention to the fact that this guy ain't gonna be around.

    As for Ridge Mahoney and the $9 million that LEverkusen was offering him for, I think it's because at that time (back in January) Leverkusen would have had to pay a hefty fee to MLS to break the loan deal early, so they figured that amount into the asking price for Blackburn. I doubt they'd ask that much on January 1, 2005 when he becomes fully their property.
     
  24. voros

    voros Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Parts Unknown
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course they do. The question is will they get equal value in return for that $9 million. MLS has $25 million to spend on a player if it wanted to. There just isn't a likely reason to do so.
     
  25. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    mokum
    Club:
    AFC Ajax

    cmon dude! do you really think there are 204 soccer journalists? hell, i had LD 3rd on my ballot last year, but i'm sure there are plenty of journalists with a ballot that cover a wide range of things and couldn't pick carlos bocanegra out of a lineup if pressed
     

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