In our debut edition of the D.C. United Player Of The Month feature, we handed the award to rookie Nick DeLeon with 56% of the vote. Since then, we've given the award almost unanimously to Dwayne De Rosario and Emiliano Dudar. How will this round of voting be different?
Well. It probably won't.
There's a clear favorite to win. And with only three matches this month, we don't have a huge sample size with which to evaluate the candidates. But that certainly won't stop us from voting anyway.
The favorite in everyone's eyes would have to be Chris Pontius, who scored four of United's six goals during the month of June, and he did it from three different positions. Pontius is now the leading scorer for D.C., and is tied for third in MLS with nine goals total. And to think that he was on our bench just a few months ago.
Pontius does have some competition though. Two of the three matches in the month of June were shutouts, and Bill Hamid deserves a lot of credit for that. Aside from Pontius scoring the lone goal, Hamid was pretty much the sole reason that Untied earned three points against the Philadelphia Union
Branko Boskovic also deserves some credit for that win though, as well as the win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday. Boskovic had an assist in both matches while grasping his spot in the starting lineup once again. He also signed a nice new contract. Big month for the Montenegrin.
June was a rather odd month. First the team looked mediocre while winning, then the team looked a bit above average but certainly not elite when losing, and then they closed out the month with a dominating victory. So who should be our fourth nominee? I guess I'd have to go with the best player on the field in the dominating victory, and that would be Dejan Jakovic. He's rounding into the top form of his career. Keep it up, and he could be a stronger candidate in July.