Major League Soccer has wrapped up the 2019 end-of-the-year awards by announcing the Best XI. The Best XI represents players from seven different clubs and were voted on by the media, MLS players, and MLS club technical staff.
2019 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Vito Mannone (Minnesota United FC)
Defenders: Ike Opara (Minnesota United FC), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
Midfielders: Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles Football Club), Carles Gil (New England Revolution), Maxi Moralez (New York City FC), Alejandro Pozuelo (Toronto FC)
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy), Josef Martínez (Atlanta United), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club)
No major surprises, but I did notice one thing. Most of the players who earned an individual award for their play on the pitch appeared in the Best XI—except for two players: Comeback Player of the Year (Jordan Morris) and Rookie of the Year (the Colorado Rapids’ own Andre Shinyashiki). While I may be bummed there were not Rapids representing in the XI, I get it. Shinyashiki has a ton of potential, but he’s not Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Josef Martinez, or Carlos Vela. Yet.
What do you think of the Best XI? Would you make any changes?