This period of late July and early August is hardly the sweet spot for MLS. Everyone is still a little hangdog about the World Cup being over. And if there's some bounce to be found, most of it goes to the wealthy foreign sides now barnstorming the United States amid much pomp.
But MLS will have its moments of acclaim once again. Some will come in November as the league announces its yearly honors. Here then is a quick look, just before next week's All-Star break, at who sits in the driver's seat for these awards.