2004 3rd Degree Awards – The Thirds

The 8th Annual Awards.

The 3rd Degree Awards were created in 1998, 
with the addition of the Spark award in 1999.
Award History
2004 Dallas Burn
Napalm Award: Ronnie O’Brien (MVP)
2 goals and 11 assists is only half the story.  8 times in ’04 he was named 3rd Degree Man of the Match.
Band-Aid Award: Milton Reyes (best mid season addition)
Upon further review, Milton Reyes was signed after the season started.  He was around before the season on trial.  But to be technically correct he was singed after opening day.  Reyes was coming off a knee injury and took about half to season to get fully fit, back on his game, and back to a dangerous level of play.  He is fully deserving of this award.
Phoenix Award: Eddie Johnson (best emergence or rebirth)
Are you kidding me? Twelve Goals, seven game winners, and a share of the MLS Golden Boot. 
Spark Award: Clarence Goodson (best rookie)
5 games and 2 starts.  Goodson made the most progress in terms of development of any rookie.
  2004 MLS Awards
MVP: Amado Guevara, MetroStars
Ten goals and ten assists.  Metro are total junk when he is missing.
Best Player: Carlos Ruiz, Los Angeles Galaxy
When he wants to play he is ruthless… clinical, deadly, and one tough SOB… If he shows up.
Best Defender: Robin Fraser, Columbus Crew
32 goals allowed ties for 2nd best in MLS and Fraser does it with a 3 man back line and a bunch of rookies.  His leadership was a key to the CBus run and was the reason why Dallas tried to land him before 04.
Best Goaltender: Joe Cannon, Colorado Rapids
No question on this one. 1.07 GAA, 10 shutouts, and almost double the saves of Meola. The biggest lock for an award this year.
Rookie of the Year: Clint Dempsey, New England Revolution 
What a player, can a guy this crucial for his team really be a rookie? Even a midseason injury did little to slow him down.
Best Mid Season pick up: Tony Sanneh, Columbus Crew
Columbus was just a mid table club till Sanneh came in and took over the locker room and team.
Trade of the Year: Jamie Morenoto DC United for Conditional Pick to MetroStars.
7 goals and 14 assists for Moreno.  DS picked him up for a conditional pick which became a 1st rounder for Metro.  Any team in MLS would do anything for that kind of production out of a 1st rounder.  With their forward problems you think Metro wouldn’t want that kind of production?
Pack Your Bags Award: Carlos Ruiz, MetroStars
Missing flights, not returning to the team, not getting along with teammates, and just an overall bad attitude.  Will Sampson put up with a guy he did not bring in?  Coaches like to make their team… well… “their team.”

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