MLS Awards - Houston Dynamo nominees


Brad Davis

VOLKSWAGEN MLS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Brad Davis

  • 34 games started, 4 goals, 16 assists (MLS lead)
  • 6 game-winning assists (tied-2nd in MLS)
  • MLS leader, assists
  • MLS leader, chances created (121, ahead of runner-up by 52)
  • MLS leader, chances created from open play
  • 2011 MLS All-Star
  • MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week - 7 selections (tied-most in MLS)

The league’s assist leader, Brad Davis led the Houston Dynamo back to the MLS Cup Playoffs with a terrific 2011 season that showcased his all-around game. The left-footed midfielder was outstanding on a league level, leading the league by a huge margin in offensive chances created. He has been invaluable to his team, starting every game and factoring directly in about 45 percent of Houston’s goals (while factoring in six additional unassisted goals from corner kicks or free kicks). He has been consistently impactful, never going more than three games without notching a goal or assist. His improved stamina and defense have augmented his superb technical skills and unparalleled dead-ball delivery to make him the most valuable player in Major League Soccer this year.

 


Andre Hainault

MLS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR:
Andre Hainault

  • 31 games started, 1 goal, 1 yellow card
  • MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week - 1 selection

In a season that saw Houston use 10 different alignments on defense, the most consistent performer has been Canadian Andre Hainault. He began the year on the left, spent much of the season in the middle, and is closing it on the right, performing in each spot with assured confidence. No matter which defensive position he is playing, Hainault has been dominant in aerial challenges and terrific in one-on-one defending. Despite missing just one game when not on national team duty, Hainault went the entire season without receiving a yellow card until the final match of the year and is a key reason Houston’s defense finished seventh in MLS.

 

Geoff Cameron

MLS COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Geoff Cameron

  • 33 games started, 5 goals, 5 assists
  • 2011 MLS All-Star
  • MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week - 5 selections (2 at MF, 3 at DF)
  • Dynamo Golden Boot winner
  • started only 15 games in 2010 due to injury

Severely hampered in 2010 by a knee injury, Geoff Cameron has returned to full health this year to key Houston’s return to the postseason. He earned his second MLS All-Star selection, has notched five goals and five assists to tie for the team scoring lead, and solidified the Dynamo back line when he moved from midfield to defense in September.

 


Tally Hall

ALLSTATE GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR:
Tally Hall

  • 34 games started, 1.21 GAA, 99 saves, 6 shutouts
  • 12 wins (T-4th in MLS)
  • 2011 MLS All-Star
  • MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week - 4 selections (most by GK)

In his first year as a starter, Tally Hall was named to the MLS All-Star squad, has earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors more than any other goalkeeper, and helped the Houston Dynamo return to the postseason. The 6-foot-4 Hall has used his size and reflexes to put together an outstanding year that includes six shutouts, a 1.21 GAA, and several spectacular performances. He has made at least four saves in a match on
11 occasions, including heroic performances at Seattle, at New York, at Colorado, and vs. Kansas City, all matches Houston tied thanks in large part to Hall's efforts. Hall was one of four players in the league to play every minute of the regular season.

 

Will Bruin

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Will Bruin

  • 25 games, 21 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist, 2 game-winning goals
  • MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week - 2 selections

Asked to carry a heavy load in his first pro season, forward Will Bruin responded to help Houston return to the postseason while tying for the MLS rookie lead with five goals. Bruin set a club record for rookie appearances and started much of the season due in part to injuries to the Dynamo forward corps. He showed considerable versatility, scoring twice with his head and three times with his non-preferred left foot. Bruin earned national notoriety with an April hat trick against D.C. United and his ‘Dancing Bear’ celebration, but he is also finishing the season strong after a summer injury, notching the game-winning goal against San Jose in September to help Houston’s playoff push.


Brad Davis

MLS W.O.R.K.S. HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR:
Brad Davis

  • Brad's Brigade - benefitting Lone Survivor Foundation
  • 2011 All-Stars Helping Kids Dream Team for Public Service

For Brad Davis, supporting the troops comes as naturally as the game of soccer. Growing up in a military family himself, Davis witnessed first-hand the hardships associated with life in the armed services. His signature service initiative is Brad’s Brigade, in which Davis provides tickets for at least one military family per home game. One game each season is designated as Military Appreciation Night, when families of servicemen and servicewomen from across the Houston area are invited to attend the game as well as a special pre-game tailgate. They also have the opportunity to meet Davis after the game; more than 1,500 Brad’s Brigade tickets were distributed for this year’s Military Appreciation Night, which raised money for the Lone Survivor Foundation. Davis explains, “I’d hear stories of everything they have to go through, day in and day out over there, and it’s not pretty. People tend to forget about that in the back of their minds. This is something that’s very small and very easy to do, and you don’t understand how far it goes.” Davis has also invested in the Houston community, taking the time to visit children’s hospitals, veterans’ hospitals, and military bases.


Dominic Kinnear

MLS COACH OF THE YEAR:
Dominic Kinnear

  • 12-9-13 record, 2nd place in Eastern Conference
  • 10-3-4 home record, T-2nd in MLS
  • 14/26 players new to the team in 2011
  • PPG increase from 1.10 to 1.44 (3rd-highest increase in MLS)
  • 4th best win % in MLS history (100-67-81, .567)

After missing the playoffs for the first time as a head coach in 2010, Dominic Kinnear revamped his team and led Houston back to the postseason. More than half of the Houston roster (14/26) is new in 2011, with newcomers like Will Bruin (draft), Colin Clark (trade), and Adam Moffat (trade) playing key roles alongside other Kinnear acquisitions like Tally Hall, Andre Hainault, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, and Corey Ashe, who earned an All-Star nod after Kinnear moved him to defense. The addition of mid-season signings Luiz Camargo and Carlo Costly led to the Dynamo playing their best soccer of the season down the stretch to earn a postseason berth.