Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers capped off a breakout season today when he was deservedly named to the MLS Best XI.
Also named: the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Chivas USA’s Sacha Kljestan, both of whom enjoyed the best seasons of their respective careers so far.
Rogers scored six goals and added three assists for the Columbus Crew, was a constant threat on the flank and teamed incredibly well with MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Donovan was one of the few bright spots on a ghastly Galaxy team, finishing as the league’s top scorer with two hat tricks en route to a 20-goal total and winning the Honda Player of the Year award for an amazing fifth time.
Kljestan scored five goals this year, but more importantly was the propulsive spark in midfield for an injury-stricken Chivas USA team that needed his stability and leadership.
The complete team:
goalkeeper Jon Busch (Chicago Fire)
defenders Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bakary Soumare (Chicago Fire), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
midfielders Cuauhtmoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)
strikers Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).
Cooper was also named MLS Comeback Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals this season, rebounding from the broken shin he suffered eight games into the 2007 season.
Meanwhile, New Yawk Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his Columbus counterpart Michael B. Coleman placed a friendly wager on Sunday’s game.
The bet from the (edited) Red Bull press release:
If the Red Bulls win, Mayor Coleman will send a package of Ohio State Buckeye candies and a case of Columbus’s finest ale from the Columbus Brewing Co. If the Crew wins, Mayor Bloomberg will send a large John’s Special pizza pie in honor of Staten Island’s own, Red Bulls’ Forward John Wolyniec, from Basille’s Restaurant on Staten Island, a large Italian Hero from Leo’s Latticini and Mama’s of Corona and a case of Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery.