Napalm Award: Jason Kries (MVP)
The Burn are 22-2 all time when he scores. End of story.
Band-Aid Award: Chad Deering (best mid season addition, Newcomer, or Rookie)
Deering’s arrival stopped the bleeding at the back.
Phoenix Award: Eric Dade (biggest re-birth)
After a injury plagued 97, Dade finished 98 as a very solid man marker.
MLS AwardsMVP: Marcelo Balboa, Colorado Rapids
Colorado is a team of roll players. Balboa is the glue that holds them together.
Best Player: Brian McBride, Columbus Crew
Tremendous strength and presence in the box. Stern John is good, but anyone looks good next to McBride.
Best Defender: Luis Kubik, Chicago Fire
the man is a rock and the centerpiece of the leagues best defense.
Best Goaltender: Kevin Hartman,LA Galaxy
LA doesn’t miss Campos at all.
Rookie of the Year: Loe Cullen, Miami Fusion
A rookie starting at sweeper in MLS.
Best Mid Season pick up: Chad Deering, Dallas Burn
Arguably the best player in the Western Conference.
Trade of the Year: Roy Lassiter, DC United, for Roy Wegerle, Tampa Bay Mutiny
Lassiter filled Diez Arce’s hole and Wegs led Tampa to last place.
Pack Your Bags Award: Eric Wynalda, San Jose Clash
With his Salary and bad attitude he’s gone.