Tuesday, May 29, 2007

DTB Wizards Player of the Month & the US Open Cup

So the month of May is winding down and it's time to announce Down the Byline's Wizards Player of the Month. I didn't do April's player of the month, because you can't really argue when the league picks a Wizards player to be MLS player of the month.

So we are on to May and for me this month comes down to 2 players. Either Eddie Johnson or Davy Arnaud. Stat wise, Eddie scored 3 goals and had 1 assist in the month of May to up his season total to 6 goals and 3 assists, both of those are 3 times his stats from last season when he finished with 2 and 1 respectively. As for Davy, he finished the month with 2 goals and 2 assists. His first points of the season.

While Eddie's stats are overall better then Davy's for this month, I have to give the award to Davy this month. Eddie's 3 goals all came in the game against New England and while that is fantastic and great, over the course of the whole month, I think Davy has had a better month. He played his ass off in the second half against Dallas after everyone had played a poor first half. He scored the game tying goal in Colorado, and he scored the first goal that helped get the Wizards back into the game in New England after falling behind 2-0. So with that said, I name Davy Aranud, Down the Byline's May Wizards Player of the Month.

US Open Cup
Onto Brass news. It looks like the Brass will get to play their first match of the US Open Cup at home, at William Jewell College. According to US Soccer, the pairings for the first round of matches was released today. The Brass will open their US Open Cup run against USL-2 side, the Cleveland City Stars. The Stars are in their first season of USL-2 play, but are currently 3-1-1 in league play. The Brass will play down in Springfield this Friday, but their next game after that will be the match against the Stars. So everyone, be prepared to get out and support your local team in the US Open Cup.

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