Really, it had to be him. The Yank lit up the Reebok this season, putting in great performance after great performance. He orchestrated our midfield, sending promising balls through to his strikers and wingers. He worked hard, making tackles for every ball that he lost and then some. He celebrated every goal his teammates scored, and got a few of his own back. His season was cut short by a poor tackle resulting in his second serious injury in a year. Maybe this injury is what really sealed the award, because we saw what our team looks like without him, and it’s not always pretty.
Holden will also remain in the running for the 2010-11 OT XI that I will be posting sometime next month. (Feel free to offer up any nominations in the coming weeks.)