Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Award 7: The Harkesy

By definition, the Harkesy award goes to the United player who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability. The award's namesake John Harkes is known as Captain For Life. Not only was he our team's first captain, but he was literally our team's first player.

1. United's captain this year is Jaime Moreno, and although Jaime is not the typical in-your-face Beckham style captain, I think he gets his point across. Moreno is usually cool and collected, and leads by example with his level of dedication and work ethic.

2. The other nominal leader of the team is the coach Tom Soehn. Soehn guided the team to a US Open Cup win (it's so easy to forget that). But his tactics and lineups this year have sometimes been questioned, and some indications late in the year may point to a theory that Soehn has maybe lost the support of his players.

3. Despite playing for a very short amount of time, a major leader in our locker room is Ben Olsen. One of my favorite memories of this club this year was the week that United announced the signings of Gallardo and los Gonzalos, Olsen took the group to see a Washington Wizards game as a sort of bonding experience. On and off the field, Olsen is our leader and our talisman.

4. It's not really worth even putting anyone else on here, is it? Early in the year I had Peralta penciled in as a nominee because he was a vocal leader in the defense, and I even considered adding Crayton. Gallardo, Emilio, and Simms have all worn the armband at some point this year, but really no one else is going to beat the above three for votes. If you disagree, please let me hear it in the comments.

(the 2008 Benny Awards)

I'll be back probably tomorrow with something on the games from last week.


Catherine Lucia said...

It's between Jaime and Benny, and for me it's Jaime...I love Benny and all, but Jaime directly affects the tempo of the game by PLAYING IN IT. Not that Benny could control that, I'm just saying. For me, Jaime all the way.

kris said...

Yeah, I've been missing your match reports! You're blog is one first I go to after a game. Bring them back, PLEASE!!!

Jeremy said...

No question the award goes to Jaime. Not only has he been a great captain this year, he has been the team MVP (IMO). Best leadership I have ever seen from him, and his best level of play since 94.

Shatz... said...

Jeremy, Don't let his "team MVP" status sway your vote here. That award is still a week or two away!

Amazing that the coach has only received 1 vote on an award for LEADERSHIP. Should we read anything into that?

Catherine Lucia said...

yes, Shatz, we should read into that. but then again blogs are supposed to read into stuff. :-)

Soehn doesn't seem like a leader, or much of anything, right now, to be honest...

(yuck, all those excess commas. someone get me a copy editor, pronto...)