For the final position in the All-Decade Team's starting lineup, we turn once again to the defense to try to find a central defensive partner for Ryan Nelsen. The first round of voting for central defense wasn't as close as I thought it would be, with Nelsen running away with 69% of the vote.
Will this one be closer? There are some very strong candidates below, including an MLS Defender of the Year winner, a member of the 2004 MLS Cup winning team, and a player who was a big part of United's early history, although not quite as much in this decade. Most have gone on to bigger and better things, but only one player from this group played in more than three seasons, and he happens to still be on the team.
The candidates are:
Bobby Boswell (2005-2007), 80 matches, 4 goals, 4 assists
Devon McTavish (2006-2009), 64 matches, 1 goal, 4 assists
Mike Petke (2003-2005), 58 matches, 5 goals, 1 assist
Eddie Pope (2000-2002), 57 matches, 1 goal, 5 assists
Facundo Erpen (2005-2007), 49 matches, 4 goals, 4 assists
Judah Cooks (2000-2001), 16 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist
Please make your selection and go ahead and tell me why in the comments section.