LANDON DONOVAN [MoM (2)]- Over the years, Landon has developed a reputation for disappearing in important matches. He hasn’t always seemed willing to take control of our offense, distribute the ball, and run at the oppoing team. This was not the case in the Confederations Cup. Landon was a true leader. He made the team click. Even in the games where the US was outplayed, Donovan managed to look good. American fans rejoice–Landon Donovan is starting to look like the player we all thought he could be; Landon Donovan is starting to look like a player who can lead us to success in the World Cup. No offense to Clint Dempsey, but this should have been the guy receiving the honors after the cup final.
TIM HOWARD [MoM (2)]– Some might laugh at the idea of praising a keeper who let in over two goals per game (9 goals in 4 games), but Tim Howard was a monster. He saved every shot that he could have reasonably been expect to (and several that he shouldn’t have). He kept us in games when the players in front of him let him down. While Landon Donovan is the engine of our offense, Tim Howard is the key to our success next summer.
OGUCHI ONYEWU [MoM (0)] – Oguchi Onyewu was a rock in the back. He won every ball that came his way in the air. He blocked every shot taken anywhere near him (including a goal-line save). He stifled the Spanish offense in a way that few defenders could. He earned a contract from A.C. Milan–the biggest club any (non-goal-keeping) American has ever played for. He had an absolutely fantastic tournament. It looks like he, just like Landon Donovan, is starting to peak at the right time.