5 Players Who Could Win The 2014 Golden Boot Award
Predicting The Top 5 Goal Scorers of 2014
MLS fans will not have to worry about a repeat winner when it comes to the Budweiser Golden Boot Award. With the saga between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Camilo Sanvezzo finally ending, players and fans can start speculating who the 2014 Golden Boot winning will be.
At first thought, some would say, “Well Mike Magee won the 2013 MVP Award so naturally he will repeat and score the most goals.” If any soccer fan anywhere in the U.S. knows something about repeating success it would be LA Galaxy players and fans. Unfortunately, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane are coming to the end of their careers and are not viewed as big-time threats anymore.
In no way am I condemning Magee from winning the Golden Boot award; it just will not be as easy for a player of his ability to fly under the radar all season long. This will be the year of someone new -- or perhaps a former winner -- to take over as top scorer in the league.
Patrick Mullins from the New England Revolution could be one of the few rookies to score at least 10 goals during his first season in the league. On the other hand, Thierry Henry could relish the chance to finally lead the New York Red Bulls to MLS Cup glory as he returns to his form from earlier in his career.
Fans and experts are already calling that D.C. United or Toronto FC will be winning the 2014 MLS Cup. Would the league leader in scoring come from one of those teams? Perhaps, but when you add so many new pieces to a team it could make it more difficult to score goals and build chemistry right away.
If there is any player in the league who needs to find a scoring bug it would most definitely be Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders. The guy just cannot win when it comes to the clubs he has been playing for recently. His scoring touch continues to elude him. With the chance to finally play a full MLS season, Dempsey could potentially find his scoring touch and help bring a MLS Cup title to the Emerald City.
Check out the slideshow and see who the top five players are that have the best shot at wining the Golden Boot Award in 2014.
Baxter Colburn is a MLS writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google
5. Kenny Cooper
After being a consistent threat anytime he stepped onto a soccer field, Kenny Cooper saw his career take a slight downward fall in 2013. Thankfully, Cooper was picked-up by the Seattle Sounders and now will be part of one of the more dangerous and talented attacking teams in MLS. Cooper’s supporting cast will benefit him greatly and ideally resurrect the goal scoring mentality that has been lost for some time. Seattle has landed one of the league’s most respected and feared names at the forward position, and if he's used correctly, the Sounders could finally have a decent chance at MLS Cup glory.
4. DeShorn Brown
Deshorn Brown is hands down one of the best young forwards in MLS this coming season. Last season he basically put the Colorado Rapids' success solely on his shoulders and mastered it exceptionally well. After scoring 10 goals, Brown proved to the league and Rapids supporters that he is capable of leading the team back to their MLS Cup winning days. Thanks to a successful offseason and decent Super Draft, Brown and the Rapids will be scoring goals in bunches this coming 2014 season.
3. Jermain Defoe
With this being his first year in the league, Jermain Defoe could pan out two different ways really. First off, with the league being significantly lower in talent than the English Premier League, Defoe could go off on a scoring rampage and easily score 20 goals. On the other hand, playing for a new team in a new league could completely change the goal-hunting ability of Defoe, causing him to score maybe five goals. Personally, I see Defoe scoring at least 10 and fitting into MLS just fine.
2. Diego Fagundez
The New England Revolution forward scored a career-high 13 goals during the 2013 season. This 2014 season will be his chance to become one of the top strikers in the league. With the additions of Patrick Mullins and Steve Neumann, the Revolution are lucky to have numerous amounts of fire power at their disposal. Fagundez should have no problem getting into attacking position and lining up numerous chances to put the ball in the back of the net.
1. Chris Wondolowski
It is no secret that Chris Wondolowski is capable of putting the ball in the back of the net domestically and, more recently, internationally. After tallying 11 goals during the 2013 campaign, Wondo will be hungry for more, especially after winning the 2012 Golden Boot Award by scoring 27 goals. The 2013 season could be viewed as a disappointment for many San Jose Earthquakes fans, but the team has been taking the right steps to gear up for a 2014 MLS Cup run. With Wondolowski at the forefront of their attack, it can be expected that numerous goals will be coming from No. 8.