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Now the numbers don't lie, what De Ro did this year was ridiculous. Especially considering he had to adjust to different teams with different strategies and get familiar with new teammates and new cities. When you think about it in that sense, it's fairly remarkable that he was able to continue to play at such a high level despite everything around him almost constantly in flux. The problem I have is that this is the Most Valuable Player Award. If De Rosario was the league's most valuable player, how does he get traded twice in the same season, and how does the team he finishes the season with miss the playoffs? In fact, De Rosario is the first MLS MVP EVER to play for a non-playoff team. Compare that to say Davis, whose team is in the MLS Cup Final. Davis started every game for the Dynamo this season, led the league with 16 assists and Houston finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. However, I'm in the minority in saying that Davis was more deserving. De Ro finished first in coach/GM voting, media voting and player voting. Hard to argue with that. So congratulations Dwayne. Hopefully D.C. United realizes what they have in you and holds on to you for a while.
For the rest of you, don't forget, MLS Cup Final Sunday night at 9 Eastern on ESPN.