You do know that most of the time when college players miss games, they usually take the entire year (semester) off school, right? Mallory Pugh is a great example of this...except after playing for the USWNT she decided to turn pro. Good for her! I'll put it to you this way so maybe you can understand what I'm saying. Baseball=162 games a year Barry bonds plays in the first 20 games, then finishes the season playing in the last 30 games of the year. Should he be eligible for MVP? at the time, he was the best player in baseball, but if you're missing that many games, how is it possible for you to make an impact on YOUR team AND in your league. Same thing can be said in this discussion. I agree that it should be acknowledged as the best. 100% Aside from Jones and Katihata, I would hardly say the recipients were "the best" that should have been acknowledged. I'm saying they're good, but others should have been in line before them. Stats on offense is smoke and mirrors. I can score 30 goals in a season. but if 26 of them are against teams we smoke 8-0, 13-1 and in big games against stronger competition I can't even hold the ball, then there's a problem. I shouldn't even deserve to be in the conversation. Cause that shows that my stats are inflated. And trust me. All of the stats from the Quakes team (offensively) are inflated. There's players with tons of goals, but didn't show NOTHING in San Diego last week; oh, except getting pushed off the ball, losing possession, and making bad passes...lol. The players mentioned and who were honored are not ALL hard to compete against. Just a homer trying to justify why instead of being objective and telling it like it is.