That is the question I pose to you. Some say yes (Steven Goff, for one, today. I think someone on MLSNET.com suggested as much too). I disagree. He only played 17 out of 30 games. One of those games he won for the other team with a disastrous own goal. Another game he blew a similar type of shot on the offensive end (one of those "impossible to miss" shots). My impression is that, defensively, he played well in some spots (last week, for instance, he played very well), while in others he didn't appear to play as well as last year. Now, "Best XI" is a relative measure, begging comparisons to others around the league. I don't really want to go into who should be on the list instead, but I am curious to hear others' opinions about what sort of season Nellie had. I know we had something of this discussion on the team MVP thread last week. I guess my point is that though we are used to thinking of him as a really super-caliber player, did he really perform to that level this year? Just asking.