VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 11 – Steven Beitashour
Jan19

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 11 – Steven Beitashour

Highest: 7 Lowest: 20 Average ranking: 10.8 Mark: 11 – He is the right back we wanted and the right back we deserved.  Or was he a winger?  He played like a winger.  He was, arguably, the right sided version of Justin Morrow. Well, was.  He’s left us for a better place.  Weather-wise, anyways. Steven Beitashour, formerly of Toronto and now of Los Angeles FC, had a very good season, earning with five assists and a very good...

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VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 12 – Eriq Zavaleta
Jan18

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 12 – Eriq Zavaleta

Highest: 4 Lowest: 18 Average ranking: 12.6 Tony: 11 – It’s not Eriq’s fault who he’s related to! Despite that – he has turned into a very useful MLS defender capable of eating minutes as a starter or offering fresh legs from the bench.  Not spectacular in any way, but rarely hurts you either. We crack wise on the VMP about the awkward family dinners after Greg Vanney has benched his nephew Eriq Zavaleta, but truth...

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VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 13 – Tosaint Ricketts
Jan17

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 13 – Tosaint Ricketts

Highest: 9 Lowest: 19 Average ranking: 12.92 Kristin: 11 – Tosaint Ricketts!  Fucking Wicked!  I’m a big fan of Ricketts and as I wrote last year, was thrilled when he was signed by Toronto FC last year.  His super sub status propelled him into the top 10 of our countdown and there were high hopes for him this year; but he (likely rightfully) falls a few places, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a good year...

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VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 14 – Nicolas Hasler
Jan15

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 14 – Nicolas Hasler

Highest: 8 Lowest: 21 Average ranking: 14.24 Kristin: 15 – Nicolas Hasler – or as I like to call him, Baron von Liechtenstein – was a summer addition to the team in response to the fact that TFC (deepest team ever), still seemed to have no natural back-up at right back for Steven Beitashour (sorry Alseth).  Hasler had mostly played for his hometown club of FC Vaduz, as well as representing Liechtenstein at the...

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VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 15 – Nick Hagglund
Jan14

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 15 – Nick Hagglund

Highest: 10 Latest: 20 Average ranking: 14.39 Mark: 15 – Ahh, the Slammin’ Salmon. Everyone’s favourite forward/defender.  Or is he a defender/forward.  Either way, he’s a top guy, who’s had a rough year. The 25 year-old had started the season off strong, making an appearance in every match until the 3-2 win over Minnesota, which put him out for two months.  In his comeback, he made a few appearances, until another injury put...

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VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 16 – Benoît Cheyrou
Jan13

VMP Final Countdown 2017: Number 16 – Benoît Cheyrou

Highest: 10 Lowest: 20 Average ranking: 15.96 Mark: 18 – I feel like this is a bit of a eulogy. Benoit Cheyrou became iconic. He wasn’t here for very long, but his contributions and class were hard to ignore.  He came on against Montreal in the semi-finals and ‘saved us all’.  And he did.  What a goal. This season, his role appeared to have three facets : be a mentor, become a coach, be a backup. He’s been a mentor to Tsubasa...

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