2020 MLS Awards: Revolution's Nominees
The 2020 MLS Awards nominations were announced on Wednesday. The Revolution has a total of nine separate nominations. New England also has their star goalkeeper Matt Turner and rookie defender Henry Kessler with two of those nominations.
Goalkeeper Of The Year and Most Valuable Player
Matt Turner is up for the Goalkeeper of the Year nomination. It's very likely that he has a good chance of winning it this year. Matt neared winning the award last year when he ended up in fifth place of all nominees. Turner didn't even start until the middle of May last year!
He is also up for the 2020 MVP. Matt is less likely to achieve this height, but for me, he is definitely the #1 for the Revolution this year. Turner's great shot-stopping ability has helped the Revolution to tie and win games they had no business even existing in. I already voted for him in the Revolution's fan vote on Revolutionsoccer.net.
Defender of the Year and Young Player of the Year
MLS nominated Henry Kessler to the Defender of the Year award this year. If you watch back tape of the Revolution's games, it's impossible to not see him winning this award. In most games, Henry is the player making sure the backline is secure. His slide tackling, stand-up tackling, and man-marking have been phenomenal for the Revolution in a year they need it.
In my opinion, the Rookie of the Year award would have gone to Henry Kessler this year. In the end, the MLS decided to shift the award to the Young Player of the Year and it makes him less likely to win it. Why? The wording of the award now involves any player aged 22 and under in the league. This includes great strikers like Diego Rossi, Caden Clark, and Daryl Dike. Nevertheless, it is still likely that some of the people reached out to will vote him in for this, good on them.
Young Player of the Year
Also up for the Young Player of the Year award is Tajon Buchanan. Buchanan has been making a name for himself recently with some great strikes on goal and off-the-ball movement. I love that he gets the nod for this award. But without more game-winning goals and assists, he's just getting the nomination and nothing else. There are so many attacking players on the list that take over on their accomplishments alone.
Defender of the Year
Also up for the Defender of the Year award is Andrew Farrell. Through the eight seasons that Farrell has graced the Revolution, he was awarded multiple team Defender of the Year honors. He also managed to get onto the MLS All-Star team in 2016. This year, he has been a great center-back pairing with Henry Kessler. He deserves a look at for winner just the same as Henry. If MLS created a "Center Back Pairing of the Year award" it would definitely go to the two of them.
Comeback Player of the Year
I'm not sure how MLS can nominate Carles Gil for this award. Since Carles Gil's return before they announced the award nominations, he has only been on the field for around 60 minutes total. I can only see that they added him because they didn't have other names to fluff up the list.
Humanitarian of the Year
MLS Humanitarian of the Year nomination for the Revolution goes to Teal Bunbury this year. For the second year in a row, he put together the "Back to School Kickoff shopping spree event. Last year, his bible study group and him were only able to help a few families. They decided they wanted to help out more this year. The group ended up raising a total of 12,000 dollars to help out 40 families this year. Teal Bunbury deserves this nomination and I would vote him in #1.
Coach of the Year
MLS Coach of the Year nomination goes to Bruce Arena. Arena having to deal with the adversity of losing major players early on in the season is a strong point to give it to him. Bruce continued to lose players throughout the season. He has managed to keep the Revolution afloat and in the playoff discussion. I would give the award to him because of his ability to adapt to the situation that was thrown his way.
The Revolution has managed to create a team worthy of multiple nominations for 2020 MLS awards this year. The players and coach on this list will only be more confident going forward. As a result, the Revolution will get a great boost heading into the playoffs which they have now clinched. This boon heading into the playoffs will be a positive because the Revs recent results haven't been promising.