Egregious. Preposterous. Ridiculous. Unacceptable!
These are the words that aren’t of the four-letter variety that popped into my head when I saw that Anton Tinnerholm — easily the best right back in the league — was snubbed when it came to the MLS Defender of the Year Award.
Finalists Announced for 2020 MLS Awards https://t.co/JK2RqaqHoU— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) November 11, 2020
The finalists for the award are Mark McKenzie from the Philadelphia Union, Jonathan Mensah from the Columbus Crew, and Walker Zimmerman of Nashville SC — all center backs.
I just don’t get it. While all three of the players listed above had great seasons, Tinnerholm was in another world in 2020. Not only was the Swede’s defensive effort top notch all season, Tinnerholm also contributed massively to New York City FC’s attack.
Tinnerholm’s ‘Goals Added’ (g+) was 0.12 on the season, the best of any defender all season. The only defensive player that came close to his offensive output was none other than Ronald Matarrita who scored a 0.10.
It was an unusual MLS season, but here is the 2020 Goals Added (g+) Best Eleven! (well, ten... we're still working on GKs). pic.twitter.com/UOSBYbtJ6K— American Soccer Analysis (@AnalysisEvolved) November 11, 2020
To say the least, fans are pretty pissed that Anton is having the proper respect put on his name. And I’m one of them.
How dare you, MLS? Seriously. How dare you? You’ve been pooping on us all year, and now this shit?
I can’t with this league, man.