Buried under the news of Lee Nguyen missing out on the MVP award yesterday was the fact that Jermaine Jones was also beaten out for his own accolade, MLS Newcomer of the Year.
Jones lost in a landslide to Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Pedro Morales, who swept the club, player, and media votes by a wide margin. The reasoning isn't difficult to see on the facts: Morales scored 10 goals and notched 12 assists in a nearly-full season; Jones arrived later in the year and while he facilitated an amazing run for the Revs, he doesn't have the March to October resume that Morales has.
Stefan Ishizaki of the LA Galaxy came in third place in the voting. While New England Revolution fans may have a case for being upset to see Nguyen snubbed on the MVP award, for this award, real justice was served. Morales was the clear choice.
Let's not allow that to take anything away from Jones' amazing 2014 season, though. Thanks to him, the Revs have a chance to win MLS Cup. Doesn't get much better than that.