Major League Soccer announced defender Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 2009 Rookie of the Year. Gonzalez started and played in all 30 regular season games and helped the Galaxy achieve one of the best defenses during the 2009 season.
Note from MLSnet.com: Power Ranking points are compiled from ballots submitted by a panel of MLS experts. First-place votes are in parentheses.
MLSnet.com Power Rankings Top 3
|1||1||Columbus Crew||A second consecutive Supporters’ Shield is certainly a welcome prize in Columbus, but along with that prize comes a Conference Semifinal opening leg at Rio Tinto Stadium, unquestionably one of MLS’s toughest road venues.
Last: Lost to NE, 1-0. Next: Sat. at RSL.
|2||2||Los Angeles Galaxy||A convincing win over what had been a hot San Jose side gave the Galaxy the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, as well as a nice segue into what’s sure to be one of the most heated playoff matchups in league history.
Last: Beat SJ, 2-0. Next: Sun. at CHV.
|3||3||Houston Dynamo||Dominic Kinnear could not have been too pleased to see a 3-0 lead nearly disappear at The Home Depot Center, but after just one win in seven prior league games, the victory was a welcome sight for Houston.
Last: Beat CHV, 3-2. Next: Thurs. at SEA.
About MLS: Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and was founded in 1996, after the country hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. MLS kicked off its 14th campaign on March 19, 2009 with the League’s 15th and newest team Seattle Sounders FC making their debut. The new club in Seattle has been a resounding success, averaging nearly 31,000 fans per match. MLS continues to grow as the Philadelphia Union will begin play in 2010 and teams in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Portland, Oregon will become the 17th and 18th clubs in 2011.
David Beckham began training with the Los Angeles Galaxy this past Monday for the first time this season in anticipation of his return to MLS on Thursday against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium. However, it is unclear how much time he will see in the match.
Beckham has also reaffirmed his commitment to the MLS during his media tour involving television appearances on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
The 2009 MLS All-Star First XI was released today at MLSnet.com with 7 first time All-Stars consisting of one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards (3-5-2 formation).
The 2009 MLS All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah against Everton FC of the English Premier League. The game will be televised live on ESPN and Galavision at 9:30 p.m. ET.