Reviewing MLS at midseason
Round 17 in Major League Soccer is under way, which means the league rounds the halfway point this weekend. That's a fine time to start tracking league awards. Clearly, lots can change between now and November, but here's how races are shaping up for now.
Obviously, the award for the league's leading scorer isn't subjective. Henry is in the driver's seat with nine, followed by Davies, Donovan and Brek Shea with eight apiece. Half of Davies' total comes from penalty kicks, which probably won't keep rolling in at the same rate. So Donovan is probably the best bet to keep pace with and possibly lap Henry, never mind that preseason self-assessment that he's no longer a goal scorer. Playing possum a bit, Landon? Donovan gets the best odds because his eight strikes have come in just 11 matches, least among the league leaders. Shea is worth watching because he's on just a great streak, and because he was pulling emergency duty as a defender to open the season. So, some of his matches so far were spent on defensive patrol rather than on attack. Finally, circle Chris Wondolowski's name among the gaggle currently on six or seven goals; Like Donovan, he was pulling Gold Cup duty in June, so he has appeared in just 13 matches.