You might ask yourself how a defender on the absolute worse defense in Major League Soccer can win an award. While that is a valid question what you should ask yourself is just how good does a defender have to be to get noticed playing on the nightmare that was the 2008 LA Galaxy defense.In my mind there were three stand out players on the Galaxy this year, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Sean Franklin.
Sean Franklin was that good. A rookie who spent much of the year covering for the mistakes and deficiencies of the players around him, Franklin showed that he has all the tools to become a standout defender for years to come. He was impressive enough to earn a look from U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley earlier this week, and he impressed enough to win 2008 MLS rookie of the year.
Had it not been for Franklin's work ethic and non-stop effort when on the pitch, L.A.'s Goals Conceded tally might be much higher.
This is a quality award and well done.
I think Franklin has earned a chance to get a cap for the National Team. If he plays next year like he did this year, a move to Europe is in his future.