I forgot to write this write up last week, and after last week's result in Dallas to begin August, any choice now is going to look a little hollow when made.
Overall, July was not a good month for the Wizards. They went 0-2-2 in all competitions, bowing out of the US Open Cup to Seattle, and losing 1-0 to Houston. KC pulled out a point in New England and ended up with a draw against LA at home. It was a tough month in regards to the fact that KC spent the entire month without Jimmy Conrad and Davy Arnaud due to their play with the US in the Gold Cup. KC was also without Roger Espinoza for most of the month as well.
With only 1 goal scored in the entire month, it's definitely not an offensive player winning the award. In the end my decision came down to two players.
Kevin Hartman recorded 1 shutout in the month of July and only conceded 3 goals. Unfortunately the lack of offense left Hartman without a win in the month, but he did what he could to keep the Wizards in games and give them the chance to win it. He can't do everything for the team.
The other candidate was a bit of a surprise when I sat down and thought about it, as it's Rauwshan McKenzie. McKenzie stepped in for Conrad when he was gone with the US team and performed very well for KC during that time. Up until the Dallas game in August, the Wizards offense had been the major problem, the defense had been playing well to keep KC in the games.
The winner of July's Player of the Month....
Rauwshan McKenzie. I was surprised when I made this choice, but McKenzie had himself a very good July with his performance filling in for Wizards' captain Jimmy Conrad during the month.