Ten Best: Individual seasons
November 17, 2005
Since sometimes we like to look at the good side of Metro history, we pose the question, who had the best individual season as a Metro? It's interesting that the list below contains nine different players and nine different seasons; if anything, it shows the lack of continuity that has haunted this franchise from its inception...
10) Roberto Donadoni, 1997
In a disappointing 1997 season on a team of World Cup veterans, it was Donadoni who stood out from the rest. Three goals and eleven assists don't sound like much, but he often showed class that made him such a winner at AC Milan.
9) Tony Meola, 1996
If you look at some of the names who played on that backline, it's amazing that Meola had nine shutouts, still a Metro record. But even that doesn't say enough of his performance in 1996, as Tony set a precedent for all Metro -- and MLS -- keepers to follow.
8) Giovanni Savarese, 1998
Partnering with Eduardo Hurtado, Savarese tied his own team record with 14 league goals, added a none-goal-poacher-like seven assists (16 and eight in all competitions). Of course, the idiotic Bora Milutinovic benched Gio for the playoffs, and that was that.
7) Tim Howard, 2002
Howard's last season with Metro was spent behind a leaky backline and an ever-changing team. Often left standing as the last line of defense but never surrendering to the opponents' onslaught, Tim solidified his reputation as the best goalkeeper in the league.
6) Adolfo Valencia, 2000
People forget how great Valencia was in 2000, partnering with Clint Mathis for the most lethal tandem in Metro history. El Tren finished the year with team records 16 goals in league play and 21 in all competitions, and added 11 assists.