Major League Soccer: A Proposed All-League Second Team

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2013 All-MLS Second Team

2013 All-MLS Second Team
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Major League Soccer will crown its 2013 champion on Saturday as Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup Final. In the buildup to this match, the league has been announcing several different offseason awards including Defender of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player. One of the other honors that they announced was the Best XI of 2013 as voted on by the players, managers, technical directors and some of the media.

There has been debate on whether players deserved their spot or not, as is often the case when a list like that is revealed. There was some discussion about the lack of fullbacks on the squad, though there were some very qualified players which led me to decide to create my own All-Major League Soccer squads using the generic 4-4-2 formation.

I compiled a list of every player in the league with their statistics and then eliminated players based on the following pieces of criteria.

The first piece of criteria that I used was for the player to have at least 20 appearances on the season whether they were starts or substitutions. 20 appearances out of the 34 regular season comes out to just under 60 percent of the matches, which I feel gives a good amount of opportunity to see how well a player plays.

The second piece of criteria was for a player to have logged at least 1,000 minutes of play. This eliminated those “always off the bench” players who may have appeared in more than 20 games, but only logged between 15 and 30 minutes a match.

To determine what position each player would be designated, I went and looked over every starting lineup the player was involved in during the 2013 season. Whichever position that they started at the most was the position that they were allocated to.

So with all of that — here is my 2013 All-MLS Second Team

The selections made for these teams were done solely by me and are my opinion.

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GK Jimmy Nielsen

GK Jimmy Nielsen
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Club: Sporting Kansas City

Age: 36

Games Played: 34

Minutes Played: 3,060

Record (Wins-Draws-Losses): 17-7-10

Goals Against Average: 0.88

Shutouts: 13

Birthplace: Aalborg, Denmark

Highest Level of International Experience: 17 Caps for Denmark U-21

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RB Lee Young-Pyo

RB Lee Young-Pyo
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Club: Vancouver Whitecaps

Age: 36

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,747

Goals: 0

Assists: 6

Birthplace: Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea

Highest Level of International Experience: 127 Caps for South Korea

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CB Omar Gonzalez

CB Omar Gonzalez
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Club: Los Angeles Galaxy

Age: 25

Games Played: 27

Minutes Played: 2,368

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

Birthplace: Dallas, TX

Highest Level of International Experience: 16 Caps for United States

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CB Nat Borchers

CB Nat Borchers
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Club: Real Salt Lake

Age: 32

Games Played: 28

Minutes Played: 2,520

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

Birthplace: Tucson, AZ

Highest Level of International Experience: 3 Caps for United States

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LB Seth Sinovic

LB Seth Sinovic
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Club: Sporting Kansas City

Age: 26

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,773

Goals: 0

Assists: 3

Birthplace: Kansas City, MO

Highest Level of International Experience: None

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RM Mauro Rosales

RM Mauro Rosales
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Club: Seattle Sounders FC

Age: 32

Games Played: 33

Minutes Played: 2,175

Goals: 4

Assists: 8

Birthplace: Villa Maria, Argentina

Highest Level of International Experience: 10 Caps for Argentina

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CM Will Johnson

CM Will Johnson
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Club: Portland Timbers

Age: 26

Games Played: 28

Minutes Played: 2,520

Goals: 9

Assists: 5

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Highest Level of International Experience: 34 Caps for Canada

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CM Graham Zusi

CM Graham Zusi
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Club: Sporting Kansas City

Age: 27

Games Played: 27

Minutes Played: 2,357

Goals: 6

Assists: 8

Birthplace: Longwood, FL

Highest Level of International Experience: 18 Caps for United States

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LM Deshorn Brown

LM Deshorn Brown
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Club: Colorado Rapids

Age: 22

Games Played: 31

Minutes Played: 2,169

Goals: 10

Assists: 4

Birthplace: Manchester, Jamaica

Highest Level of International Experience: 2 Caps for Jamaica

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FWD Marco Di Vaio

FWD Marco Di Vaio
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Club: Montreal Impact

Age: 37

Games Played: 33

Minutes Played: 2,746

Goals: 20

Assists: 2

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Highest Level of International Experience: 14 Caps for Italy

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FWD Camilo Sanvezzo

FWD Camilo Sanvezzo
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Club: Vancouver Whitecaps

Age: 25

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,418

Goals: 22

Assists: 6

Birthplace: Presidente Prudente, Brazil

Highest Level of International Experience: None

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