Who was U.S. MVP in the World Cup

Discussion in 'USA Men' started by flanoverseas, Sep 1, 2002.

  1. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    Who would you say is the MVP?

    Reyna - Captain, picked to the All World cup team

    Freidel - Amazing at times, scary at times, 6 goals

    Donovan - played all but 16 minutes, all over the field. Gave Portugal, Mexico and Germany something to remember

    JOB - quietly, or not so quietly, the best U.S. player?

    Sanneh - don't know where he pulled that performance out of, but...
  2. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    I think it was Donovan. His versatility, speed, defense, endurance. You name it, he was there for the US. Without him, we don't even beat Portugal, and Bruce can't change lineups anywhere near the way he did. The sum of his contributions is what made him the MVP, IMO

    I love Claudio, but he didn't even play in the first game. The only reason he was all WC, was because he's probably the only player anyone who was voting knew. And Friedel stopped two penalty's but MVP?

    To me it was LD's ability to play anywhere and everywhere that made him so important.
  3. Jordan

    Jordan New Member

    Apr 30, 1999
    Planet Earth
    You actually have other players besides LD???
    It is Freidel bar none. How many PK did he save?? And if it wasn't for Agoos incompetancies, he would have an even better WC.
  4. copaantl98

    copaantl98 Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    I would say John O'Brien. He was all over the place contributing to defense and offense.
  5. soccerfan220

    soccerfan220 New Member

    Jun 24, 2002
    it's funny because i was about to start this thread when I went into this forum, and then i saw it was here! Anyway, I would say JOB. Anyone know his age?
  6. Jordan

    Jordan New Member

    Apr 30, 1999
    Planet Earth
    I believe he is 24 or 25. He was my second choice.
  7. Aidaen

    Aidaen Member

    Aug 24, 2002
    East Lansing, MI
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Without Friedel, this team doesn't get out of the first round. Without question, the most valuable player - he more than made up for Agoos' play.
  8. GIO17

    GIO17 Member

    Nov 29, 1998
    Brad Friedel. Hands Down.
  9. twell_girl

    twell_girl New Member

    Jul 28, 2002
    gotta go with friedel...

  10. BallStateMiddie

    BallStateMiddie New Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Tough choice, but I went with Sanneh. I know it's not the most popular choice, but the guy was amazing. He was a freakin wall, man. I only hope he's around at that form next go-round, although it seems a bit unlikely.
  11. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    I'd have to go with Mathis. One goal and one assist in only two starts.
  12. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    getting a little ridiculous on that one :), since that assist meant nothing
  13. AminKor02

    AminKor02 New Member

    Jun 20, 2002

    glad to see that more people than just me thought this.

    quiet, understated, underappreciated, but when you looked out on that field for defensive action, he was the man!
  14. Siboney

    Siboney New Member

    Feb 27, 1999
    Sanneh is my choice also. His play was magnificent throughout. He should have been chosen as one of the FIFA tournament all-stars.
  15. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Without Mathis' goal vs. Korea, we don't get out of the first round.

    WORLD CUP 2002 ({G+A} per 90)

    Mathis .882 (World Class)
    McBride .483
    Donovan .415

    The only question is who was the second best player. Sanneh?
  16. soccerdome

    soccerdome New Member

    Re: Sanneh

    They're all so good but, I'll go with Tony Sanneh. I agree: totally underated and should have been selected to the WC All-Star list. I think in general for a defender to stand out is extremely hard, and that's why I pick him over Brad. Brad is definitely, without a doubt, my second pick. Really close race...........
  17. bert patenaude

    Apr 16, 2001
    White Plains, NY

    1. Icebreaker goal against Portugal. (Right place Right time)
    2. Seeing eye "see the mohawk" assist against Korea.
    3. Hand of JOB against Blanco when it was only 1-0.
    4. Launched the counterattack by leading Lewis on Donovan's counterattack goal against Mexico.

    Did not have a bad game in the World Cup. Defended well, held the ball well and helped the offense. MVP hands down.
  18. boots15

    boots15 New Member

    Sep 19, 2000
    San Diego, CA
    I want to go with Sanneh. However, I think it's too difficult to pick just one. All of the candidates you posted deserve that honor. But if I HAD to pick one, it would be Sanneh.
  19. Lloyd Heilbrunn

    Lloyd Heilbrunn Member+

    Feb 11, 2002
    Jupiter, Fl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Although, I'm picking Brad, McBride deserves to be listed at least.........
  20. boots15

    boots15 New Member

    Sep 19, 2000
    San Diego, CA
    I was thinking that too. He didn't get near the attention he deserved.
  21. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    The hand of JOB must surely count against him. He nearly out Agoosed Agoos for the bone-head play of the WC. Additionally, it added moral justification for Dallas' obscene non-call.
  22. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    His play was mediocre overall. We shouldn't set out sights that low. Any competent striker should do no worse.
  23. Eliezar

    Eliezar Member+

    Jan 27, 2002
    12 de Octubre
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I voted Sanneh, but JOB and Friedel are right there.

    I can't vote for Donovan just because I feel that he squandered too many chances (game winner against Korea, he should have scored against Germany).

    The reason I say Sanneh is that he was our best defender while also being an offensive force. His set up of McBride's goal against Portugal was awesome.

    I really wish Beasley and Mathis would have had more opportunities to make a mark. I really think they were our two players most primed for stardom. An injury and whatever it was from Mathis took that away.
  24. flanoverseas

    flanoverseas New Member

    Mar 2, 2002
    McBride did not play mediocre, that's silly. I have never liked his play, but the guy had a great world cup. It's not his fault Bruce kept trotting him out there until he couldn't play at 100%

    As far as the other guys, you've convinced me on Sanneh and JOB.

    Donovan could have done better, but what I think made him our MVP (probably co-MVP now) is that his ability to play anywhere on the field is what enabled Bruce to play the lineups he did, which ultimately led to defeating Portugal and Mexico.
  25. asdf

    asdf New Member

    Mar 1, 1999

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